Senior Games Referees – Now Away Team Provides the Referee

AWAY TEAM REFEREES

In order to ensure consistency with the team referee requirements the EC has issued a change to the
playing rules for the 2012 season.

If teams cannot mutually agree on a referee as per section E2 of the Playing Rules the AWAY team
will be responsible for providing a referee. This is a change from the previous requirement where the
HOME team provided the referee.

The away team referee rule includes all ages and division from sub-juniors upwards

The modified Playing Rule is below:

SECTION E REFEREES

E1 The appointment of referees and linesmen to officiate at matches shall, wherever
possible, be made by the Appointments Officer of the M.W.S.R.A Inc.

E2 In the event of the M.W.F.R.A. not appointing officials to a game, or the appointed
referee not attending, then one may be appointed by any member of the M.C. of
either the Association or the M.W.F.R.A. Failing this, the captains or officials of the
competing teams must appoint a person to control the game. If no joint decision can
be reached, the team second on the draw must provide a referee. As a guideline, in
Junior games such a person should be at least 14 years of age and should referee
age groups at least two years below their own age. For adult competitions such a
person should be over 18 years of age. Any person appointed to officiate in a game
has the rights and responsibilities as if the appointment were made under E1. The
same person, where possible, should referee the whole game.

MWFA TEAM REFEREES

The following rules apply to team referees (also called player referees) for 2012.
The MWFA will not issue a separate MWFA ID card for team referees in 2012 as ha been discussed
as an option for 2012.

Provision and Duties of Team Referees

Each team in the MWFA in the following divisions:

Senior Mens: AL2 and below, all O35 and O45 divisions
Senior Womens: WAL2 and below and WO35

Any exception to this requirement will be notified by the MWFA.

must:

1. nominate at least two team referees who are qualified members of the MWFRA to be
available to officiate in games. The nominated person does not have to be a player but

2. on each competition day where the team is playing as an away team one of the team referees
must officiate:

 where the game is scheduled 1pm/3pm, in the preceding or following game as
detailed below:
 where the team is playing as the away team at 3pm one of the team referees
must officiate in the 1pm game at the same field unless otherwise directed
 where the team is playing as the away team at 1pm one of the team referees
must officiate in the 3pm game at the same field unless otherwise directed.
 where games are not scheduled as a 1pm/3pm pair the affected teams will be notified
of the requirements for the provision of team referees by the MWFA.
 for a game where there is no other options for the provision of a team referee from a
different team than those playing, one of the team referees of the away team must
officiate.
 The MWFRA reserves the right to appoint a referee to any division provided at least
24 hours notice is given to the MWFA who will then advise the Clubs involved.

Registration of Team referees:
Registration of these team referees will be through the MWFRA. The MWFRA are streamlining the
process via the FFA MyFootballClub website. Instructions will be issued by the MWFRA,

The MWFA will collect any required forms through the Clubs.

A spreadsheet nominating qualified team referees must be submitted before the commencement of
the first round of competition for that grade. The MWFA will provide a pro-forma spreadsheet before
team grading takes place.

The MWFRA and MWFA will provide each Club a list of persons qualified to perform the role of team
referee in 2012. All such persons must re-register in 2012 with the MWFRA to be eligible to be a team
referee.

All other unqualified persons wishing to become a team referee must successfully complete a course
run by the MWFRA and then register as a referee.

Any team who does not have two qualified referees after the first round will play accumulate no
competition points for each game they do not meet this requirement up to a maximum of three
rounds.
After these three games at the discretion of the EC the team will be removed from the competition,
and the players in the team will not be permitted to register in any other team for the rest of the
season.

Notification of Red and Yellow Cards by Team Referees:
Team referees who give players red and yellow cards to players are required to provide reports to the
MWFRA.
As a minimum it is the obligation of the team referee to mark the match card with “Y” and “Red” for
those players were given red and yellow cards during the game.

Failure to Fulfill Obligations:
The following penalties apply to teams who fail to meet their obligation under these rules:

1. Fail to provide a team referee for a game with no notice:
 on the first occasion the team will be given an official warning
 on the second occasion the team will be penalized one competition point
 on the third occasion the team will be penalized three competition points
 on the fourth occasion the team will be removed from the competition and at the
discretion of the EC the players will not be permitted to register in any other team for
the rest of the season.
2. Unable to provide a teamreferee but notify the MWFA at least 48 hours prior to the game.

If the two team referees are injured or unable to fulfill their obligations and the team is unable to find a
qualified referee to officiate at the game then, at the discretion of the EC, the team may be permitted
to provide a substitute referee who is not a member of the MWFRA. The team must demonstrate they
have made reasonable efforts to find a substitute qualified referee. The permission to use an
unqualified referee will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. If such permission is not given
each instance will accumulate the same penalty as 1. above.

3. Where a person referees a game but falsely uses the name of a qualified referee on the match card
the EC will apply penalties as appropriate. Where the person is a player of the team that person shall
serve a one match suspension for each instance that the offence took place and the penalties of
failing to provide a team referee will apply. Where the person is not a player in the team the EC will
apply penalties to the team including loss of match points.

4. Where a team referee fails to wear the appropriate referee uniform the following penalties will
apply:
 on the first occasion the team will be given an official warning
 on the second occasion the team will be penalized one competition point
 on the third occasion the team will be penalized three competition points
 on the fourth occasion the team will be removed from the competition and at the
discretion of the EC the players will not be permitted to register in any other team for
the rest of the season.