Oxford Mail Youth Football League


The League is very lucky to have a growing list of referees willing to officiate on our matches, and will appointed referees to as many matches as possible, mainly on the Under 11 to Under 16 age groups, with priority given to Cup matches and older age groups. We can put referees on matches for younger age groups if requested and if referees are available. Note that on some weekends the League may not be able to cover every match, especially when there are County Cup matches as these take priority and use a lot of referees particularly in the first half of the season.

League Registration
We are keen to add more referees to our League appointments list and would like to hear from any experienced or newly qualified referees. If you would like to officiate on the League as a referee, please complete the online referee registration form.

Referees will be asked about their availability for the following week and a quick response would be much appreciated so the Referees Secretary can sort out the appointments. The appointments list will be circulated to referees on Wednesday showing the games for the coming weekend (and midweek if appropriate). If you can no longer officiate on a game, please let the Referees Secretary know asap. Referees will receive an email from the Referees Secretary and a notification from FA Full-Time system.

Appointment confirmation
Club fixture secretaries, managers and team admins will also receive the appointments list and they should confirm the fixture details with each referee at least 3 days in advance of the fixture. Once you receive this, please acknowledge the details and confirm that you will be attending the game. Any problems, please contact the Referees Secretary.

Match reporting
Once the fixture has been played, appointed referees must complete the Referee Match Report within 48 hours of the fixture date. In this report you will be letting the League know how the match went, including fair play marks for each team (with separate marks for players, spectators and team officials). Details of the Fair Play marking scheme can be found on the CS Fair Play Marking page or by downloading them here (PDF, 115Kb). Any cautions, dismissals or misconduct should be reported through the Whole Game System - see Resources section.


The League has the right to appoint referees and assistant referees to any match organised by the League and, if they are appointed, the Club must use them. Normally only a referee will be appointed for most matches. Assistant referees are usually appointed to cup finals only (however, the League can appoint them on other matches where they feel this may be apppropriate).

Club Referees
Clubs may be able to use their own club referees for games as long as their details have been sent through to the Referees Secretary and have been approved by the League. Like League referees, club referees must be qualified and be registered with their County FA for the current season (if they are going to do 9v9 and/or 11v11 formats), though someone who has completed the Mini Soccer Referee Course would be approved to officiate on 5v5 and 7v7 games..

Club fixture secretaries/team admins will receive the referee appointments list and they should confirm the fixture details with each referee at least 3 days in advance of the fixture and by Friday at the latest. If you have problems contacting a referee, please contact the Referees Secretary. If there are any late changes, e.g. change of venue, ring the referee to give them the updated information.

Referee fees
The correct fee should be paid to the referee before the game (Rule 13 (E)). Note Rule 13 (F) about payment of referees in cases of postponement (where the referee has attended the ground).

Referee fees
U7-U8 5v5 £20.00 n/a
U9-U10 7v7 £25.00 n/a
U11-U12 9v9 £25.00 £20.00
U13-U15 11v11 £30.00 £25.00
U16 11v11 £35.00 £30.00
Where a referee is appointed to a cup match, both home and away clubs will share the referee fee equally.

Referee marking
Managers (both home and away) must remember to include a mark for the referee's performance when completing the match statistics in Full-Time after each match. Failure to include a mark will make the club liable for a fine (Rule 13 (H)). A guide to marking is given below.

From 2018-2019 season, the referee mark has been split into three sections:
overall decision making - marked out of 40
judgement of major decisions - marked out of 30
overall control - marked out of 30

If a referee is marked 60 or below, then the club must complete the match report box within the match statistics screen on Full-Time. Failure to send in such a report will result in the club being fined a Scale B fine (Rule 13 (H)). The purpose of this is to assist referees improve their performance levels, so the comments should be as constructive as possible. Putting a score of 61 to avoid doing a report will not help us to help the referees improve their performance.

Referee marking guidance
Overall Decision Making
Did the Referee:
Recognise patterns of play and not invade player/game space
Correctly recognise and award throw-ins, goal-kicks and corners
Demonstrate consistent and credible recognition, detection and interpretation of 'normal' Law 12 offences i.e. but not limited to; foul tackles, holding, aerial challenges, handball etc.
Recognise Law 11 + 12 offences and advantage application opportunities, not merely possession, applied in credible areas and/or applied without detriment to match control
Demonstrate awareness of when appropriate to use the range of management techniques available, before resorting to formal disciplinary action i.e. the STEP process
Recognise where player(s), teams(s) are using time consuming tactics and takes positive appropriate action i.e. preventative actions
Demonstrate high levels of fitness and work rate throughout the entire game to meet the demands of the game
Judgement of Major Decisions (Cautions/Non-Cautions, Send Offs/Non-Send Offs, Penalties/Non-Penalties, Goal Awarded/Disallowed or other significant game changing decisions)
Did the Referee:
Demonstrate identification of 'significant game impact' incidents and offences with appropriate action(s) applied
Demonstrate the ability to recognise the importance of potential key match decisions and effectively move towards/gain an optimum viewing angle to (a) judge, (b) enhance credibility and (c) adds value to the decision
In the highly unlikely event of there being no major decisions, a standard mark of 15 should be awarded to the Referee.
Overall Control and Player Management
Did the Referee:
Act in a positive manner in their Pre-match Communication and Off-Field Behaviour
Lead their team, ensuring all officials worked in harmony without contradictory decisions (where ARs are appointed)
Display empathy for the game, managing game situations in an empathetic manner recognising the ever-changing ebbs/flows, nature and temperature of the game and adapts refereeing style to suit
Recognise when/how to raise his/her profile to aide their match control and remain in self-control of emotions, demonstrating composure
Recognise when appropriate to enter face-to-face dialogue with the Assistant Referee(s) (where applicable), to aide visual co-operation and major decision making
Effectively manage, when appropriate, two-way interaction with players, technical staff etc.
Demonstrate a natural authority/confidence - not influenced by players, spectators or team officials


For further information on areas involving referees, including how to register with the League, how appointments work and referee mentoring, please contact Andy Woodley, League Referees Secretary.