Frequently Asked Questions

Dual Registration

Player's can be registered with more than 1 league within a given season. The restrictions that apply to dual registered players are

  • The Player cannot play more than 1 game per day
  • The player cannot play in the same cup/competition for more than one team
  • A team can only play 1 player who is dual registered with the EJA that has played within the EJA in the previous 21 days
  • A player can be dual registered within the same club to an age group a year up

Guide to marking Referee's

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 any 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

Amendments to Red Card Reporting

Currently Referees across the game at all levels when dismissing a player from the field of play are required to write a detailed report of the offence when reporting the dismissal.

The purpose of this report is largely historic and relates to when Players were able to appeal a dismissal and attend a Personal hearing to challenge the report. The move at grassroots level from term based discipline to match based discipline prevented personal hearings for red card offences and was replaced with the wrongful dismissal process.

The requirement to report the detail of the dismissal is not necessary for the Wrongful Dismissal process that now applies at all levels of the game and in fact contributes to confusion as to the purpose of that process.

The ability to claim a Wrongful Dismissal applies where a Club can demonstrate that the decision to send off a player for the offence committed was obviously wrong.

Clubs often concentrate their submissions on perceived errors in the detail of the report rather than whether the decision to send off for the offence was or was not correct. The onus is on the Club to show that the referee was obviously wrong in the dismissal offence and where they cannot satisfy that burden any claim should fail.

It has therefore been agreed to amend the reporting process with effect from the start of the 2018/19 season to operate the same as reporting yellow card offences. This change will apply at all levels of the game.

Therefore the referee is only required to report the red card offences as laid out in the laws of the game as follows:

  • S1. Serious Foul Play S2. Violent Conduct
  • S3. Spits at an Opponent or any other person
  • S4. Denying the opposing player an obvious goal scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball
  • S5. Denies the opposing player an obvious goal scoring opportunity by an offence punishable by a free kick or penalty kick
  • S6. Uses Offensive, insulting or abusive language
  • S7. Receives a second caution in the same match (This offence also requires the referee to report the caution offence for each caution)

Offences of S2 – Violent conduct will be categorised further with the following categories:

  • S2 – Violent Conduct - Head to Head contact
  • S2 – Violent Conduct - Elbowing
  • S2 – Violent Conduct - Kicking
  • S2 – Violent Conduct - Stamping
  • S2 – Violent Conduct – Striking
  • S2 – Violent Conduct – Biting
  • S2 – Violent Conduct – Other Unspecified Behaviour*
  • (* A free text field to capture other Unspecified Behaviour will be available if this option is selected).

There will be no requirement to write any further details for dismissals. This will save the referees time in reporting and avoid supplying unnecessary detail surrounding the offence.

It should be noted that both MOAS and WGS Portal are being amended to permit this change.

Extraordinary Reports

Referees will still be required to write details surrounding extraordinary incidents in the following circumstances.

  • Where the dismissal offence has a more serious impact than the dismissal itself, the referee will be required to submit the dismissal offence as normal and then add a supplementary extraordinary report clarifying why the dismissal was exceptional. Such examples would be where the offence committed included an aggravated breach such as discriminatory language or behaviour (homophobic, sexist or reference to race/colour/religion/ethnicity etc.) or here there was a serious injury caused by the act of violent conduct.
  • Where further misconduct happened following the dismissal such as the player refusing to leave the field of play or committed other further acts of misconduct following the dismissal.
  • Where the offences committed were by non-playing staff or spectators.


Using Whole Game System

1. Any club wishing to transfer a player from one member club to another, should before entering the transfer/registration onto the WGS firstly issue a formal 7 day notice of their intent to the secretary /chairman of the Club the player is currently registered with. The notice must be on record and not a verbal request, therefore it should be traceable. (in accordance with FA regulation C2(a)

2. The club receiving the request should acknowledge receipt and respond either agreeing to the transfer or giving a valid reason for not agreeing to the transfer .

3. The club requesting the transfer can once the agreement is received enter the transfer onto the WGS for the League Registration Secretary to approve . This can be within the 7 days period if received

4. If after 7 days the players current club fails to respond, the transfer can be posted on WGS and the League are notified of the fact that the club have not responding within the required time frame . The transfer will be held for a further 3 days in accordance with League rule 18(h) and then if no reason has been given as to why clearance has not been given the transfer shall be granted. Should a reason for with holding be given within these three days the Registration secretary on behalf of the LMC shall decide if the reason is valid or refer to the LMC for clarification?

5. At all times a traceable record is required verbal conversations are not acceptable and the communications should come from Club secretary or Chairman.

Blocking out a fixture

Each season teams are allowed to close up to three Sundays during the season providing they give 20 days clear notice , notice of these closed dates should be sent directly to the relevant fixtures secretary
If you do not want a fixture on a particular date close it , do not assume that you will have a fixture if one is not shown as the league can issue fixtures with 5 days notice .
Finally the date is not considered closed until you receive confirmation from the fixtures secretary so if you don, receive one you will need to chase the confirmation