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a guide to match appointments for norfolk referees

Match official appointments for Norfolk affiliated adult leagues, County Cups, Representative matches and a selection of other fixtures will be undertaken centrally by Norfolk FA’s Referee Appointments Officer (RAO), Daryl Godbold, with the exception of the referee and assistant referee appointments for the Supply League Pool.

Norfolk FA's Part Time Referee Appointments Officer, David Robinson, will complete the appointments for Women's, Veterans and some Youth football.

Get In Touch

By Phone: 01603 704050

By Email: Appointments@NorfolkFA.com

THE APPOINTMENTS PROCESS

  • Referees are to ensure they update their relevant Pitchside Refs availability calendar as and when known. Where exceptional circumstances prevail, availability must be submitted by other recordable means. Please note this must include Supply League Pool appointments and any National FA appointments
  • Level 4 Referees are to close their dates as soon as they have received their National List appointments and any other subsequent appointments
  • Availability includes midweek and is not just restricted to Saturdays and Sundays
  • No assumptions are made on availability by Norfolk FA even though most Appointment Officers work on the basis of a date is open unless closed. With all other factors equal, failure to communicate an accurate diary regularly will lead to a restriction on appointments offered. For example, during periods where matches are at a premium a referee whose ‘Closed Dates’ availability is more trusted will be appointed ahead of another whose isn’t

  • Wherever possible appointments will be made 2 weeks in advance of a fixture
  • Referees with a valid email address will receive an automated email from Full-Time once assigned to a fixture containing details of their appointment
  • Those Referees without access to email will receive their appointments by text or telephone

  • Referees who are notified of their appointments by email will receive an email from 'donotreplyfulltime@thefa.com' containing the details of the game they have been appointed to,
  • Even though the email address says “do not reply”, Referees must 'FORWARD' the email to 'Appointments@NorfolkFA.com' as soon as possible (normal expectation would be within 72 hours of receipt of an appointment) with either “confirmed” or “declined” as appropriate
  • Those Referees without access to email must confirm their appointments either by text or if by letter within 3 days of the post mark date
  • Failure to respond as required may result in a Referee being removed from their appointment

In the unlikely event you have to withdraw from a previously confirmed appointment, within 48 hours of the kick off time, please ensure you follow the below procedure:

  • Call or text the covering RAO or Norfolk FA direct until your ‘Call Off’ is confirmed as received. Emails are not sufficient communication within the 48 hour period. It is very important to note that the RAO mobile phone 07554 422301 is unmanned outside of the Core hours below.
    Where the Home Team have been in contact, you should also inform them of your call off immediately 

Whenever you have to withdraw from a previously confirmed appointment more than 48 hours prior to the scheduled kick off time, please ensure you follow the below procedure:

  • Email the RAO at 'Appointments@NorfolkFA.com'
  • If you are unable to email, please call or text the Referee Appointments Officer (RAO) on 07554 422301 or 01603 704050 (options 1, 1 & then 3) as soon as possible stating the exact details of the appointment you are calling off and the reason for doing so
  • If you are aware that an match observer is planning to attend, also state this
  • If calling and you receive no answer from the RAO please leave a clear voice message

RAO Working Hours and Contact Details

During the season (mid August to mid May)

Monday 10am to 4.30pm (RAO, Part Time)
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 9am to 5pm
Thursday 9am to 5pm
Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday 8.30am to 4.30pm
Sunday 8.30am to 4pm (RAO, Part Time)

Out of season (mid May to mid August)

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Contact Details

Office number 01603 704050 (options 1, 1 and then 3)
Mobile 07554 422301
Email Appointments@NorfolkFA.com

The RAOs can be contacted on his mobile outside of the official hours published above, but please note that this should be in emergencies only. All other calls should only be made during the hours above.

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