Referee Registrations

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Norfolk FA Match Officials are required to affiliate (register) before the start of every new football season to maintain their qualification and public liability insurance cover.

How to register

Please visit: https://wholegame.thefa.com and follow through the process to register for next season. The process is very simple, but the information below and the “How to Guide” on the portal should answer any queries you may have. 

After logging in, navigate to your Referee Dashboard and select Register for the 2017-2018 season. Complete the Equality & Diversity questionnaire before proceeding to Step One of your registration. Asking you for this information helps make football more representative. It supports The FA to ensure inclusive programmes are offered and provides insight into why certain groups are not accessing or making the most of the opportunities to be involved in football; it helps to make sure that everyone gets those opportunities in the future. The FA is required as part of its funding from Sport England and as part of English Football’s Inclusion & Anti-Discrimination Action Plan 2012-2017 to declare accurate data on the people involved with our programmes. The FA and the people analysing this data will be the only ones to have access to it for reporting and statistical purposes. If there are any questions that you do not wish to answer, simply select ‘Prefer not to say’.

Step 1.

Update your contact details and preferences should you need to do so. As with all sections, when all is correct, select Save and continue.

Step 2.

You are able to enter any additional specialist categories that may not currently exist against your record which will, upon submission, be checked and verified. If you feel that any existing information is out of date, please contact us at County Headquarters.

Step 3.

You are able to select any Associate County organisation from the dropdown provided. Each County FA will be given the opportunity to accept every request that they receive, so please select only the Associate Counties where you intend to officiate.

Step 4.

Indicate if you wish to Referee on English Schools and FA Competitions. Please don’t enter anything into the timed availability or closed dates sections, simply notify the Referee Appointments Officer of your availability in the current manner.

Step 5.

Enter any League whose Panel you will be joining in the next season. Type the name of the League into the search field (minimum 3 characters) and all existing leagues will populate the dropdown menu. If you are experiencing difficulty locating a League, please note that sponsor names can be ignored, for example, the Thurlow Nunn leagues are entered as ‘Eastern Counties’, etc.

Step 6.

You will find that the registration fee, set by National FA, remains at just £20. At this time you can order a County handbook, tie or Referee badge or the new 2017-2018 FIFA Laws of the Game book. You will also be able to purchase Personal Accident Insurance at a Basic or Enhanced level to cover you during your Refereeing activities. We would advise you to seriously consider adding this protection which is designed to work alongside the Public Liability Cover which is already included in your registration fee. Full details of this cover are set out below.

Finally, make your payment and once this has been completed, a paid invoice will be generated. This will be filed in the ‘Invoices’ section of the portal accessible from the main menu. You may wish to save or print your invoice for tax purposes and particularly as confirmation of your purchase of PAI cover.

Your Referee Registration is now complete and you can Return to the Referee Dashboard where you will note that your registration number for the new season is displayed.

If you experience any problems, please contact us at County Headquarters. However, do take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions section below, before you do so.

 

Why register

Thirteen reasons to maintain your affiliation (registration) to Norfolk FA as a Referee:

  1. Maintain your qualification
  2. Access to the services provided by the Referee’s Department including training & support
  3. Opportunity to progress your Refereeing career via promotion through the Levels
  4. Development groups for potential elite officials identified under the FA Centre of Refereeing Excellence programme
  5. Allocated appointments across all Norfolk Adult Leagues
  6. Allocated appointments to Norfolk County Cup games and an opportunity to officiate in one of our 10 County Cup Finals
  7. Access to other Refereeing opportunities such as County 5IVES
  8. Access to Continuous Professional Development and other training events
  9. Access to the Whole Game System for discipline reporting
  10. Membership of the Young Referees’ Group (all 14–25 year olds)
  11. A process for the completion and renewal of Criminal Records Checks
  12. Public Liability Insurance
  13. Optional Personal Accident Insurance

 

Personal Accident Insurance

When you reach Step Six of the registration process, you will be offered the opportunity to purchase Personal Accident Insurance at a Basic or Enhanced level to cover you during your Refereeing activities. Norfolk FA recommends that you seriously consider adding this protection which is designed to work alongside the Public Liability Cover which is already included in your registration fee.

The cover available is as follows: 

Basic Cover

Weekly Benefit

£100.00 (14 day excess)

Life Insurance

£10,000 (death from natural causes) up to age 60

Accidental Death

£10,000 (death from accidents)

Permanent Disability

£15,000

Loss of Sight in one or both Eyes

£15,000

Loss of use of one or more Limbs

£15,000

Loss of Hearing (both ears)

£15,000

Loss of Hearing (one ear)

£6,000

Loss of Speech

£15,000

Age Limit 75 Years excluding Life Insurance, which is up to 60 years only

Premium £5.00 (including 12% Insurance Premium Tax)

Enhanced Cover

Weekly Benefit

£100.00 (14 day excess) payable for 104 weeks

Life Insurance

£7,000 (death from natural causes) up to age 55

Accidental Death

£30,000 (death from accidents)

Permanent Disability

up to £20,000 including partial disablement

Loss of Sight in one or both Eyes

£20,000

Loss of use of one or more Limbs

£20,000

Loss of Speech

£20,000

Loss of Hearing (both ears)

£20,000

Loss of Hearing (one ear)

£5,000

Loss of Internal Organ

£5,000

Emergency Medical Expenses

£500.00

Rehabilitation and Retraining           

£2,500

Home/Car Adaptation Expenses

up to £10,000

Extra Travel Expenses for 4 weeks only

up to £25.00 per week

Hospital Benefit

£20.00 per day for 13 weeks

Emergency Dental Treatment           

up to £100.00 (for the relief of pain)

Dental Expenses following an accident

£250.00 Max (including assault)

Legal Advice and Counselling helpline

24/7

Broken Bone Benefit

£100.00 (arms, legs & or cheeks)

Personal Effects

up to £100.00 (£25.00 excess)

Physiotherapy up to 50% of costs up to

£25.00 per week/6 sessions

Home Help weekly benefit extension

Includes being a full time housewife or Househusband as an occupation

Age Limit 75 Years excluding Life Insurance, which is up to 55 years only

Premium £10.00 (including 12% Insurance Premium Tax)

This is a brief summary of the cover provided.

The full terms, conditions and exclusions of this insurance are available on request.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I’ve been promoted but still show on the system at my old Level?

A. Promotions take effect from 1st July 2017 so when you register, your existing Level will still show.

Q. The system will not allow me to register because of my CRC Certificate status?

A. If your CRC is more than 3 years old, you will need to renew this if you plan to officiate in Youth football. If your ‘Referee Activity’ is currently set at ‘Under 18 teams only’ or ‘Under 18 & open age’, the system will not allow you to register. If you do not plan to Referee youth football, please ask us to change these settings to enable you to register. If you do plan to Referee youth football, please renew your CRC before you register.

Q. When will I receive the products I ordered?

A. These will be distributed at the summer CPD events.

Q. If I take PAI, when does this commence?

A. Your policy will commence on 1st July 2017.

Q. I haven't accessed the Whole Game System before. How do I register?

A. On the Home screen, click on 'Have you forgotten your password?'. Follow the instructions and links to set a password which will enable you to log in.

 

Criminal Record Checks (CRC)

If you are over 15 years of age and officiate in Youth football (including Academy games) you MUST have a valid, in date CRC Certificate. Lasting for a three year duration, a disclosure certificate costs just £10 when you apply as a volunteer.

If you are over 15 years of age and officiate in Youth football (including Academy games) you MUST have a valid, in date CRC Certificate. Lasting for a three year duration, a disclosure certificate costs just £10 when you apply as a volunteer.

Should you have any questions about the registration process or are unable to use the online system, please contact David Robinson (Referee Development Officer) on 01603 704050 or at David.Robinson@NorfolkFA.com

 

Safeguarding

As a County Association we take the safety and wellbeing of all young people involved in the game very seriously. At the bottom of this page is an important document providing information on what you should do in the event that have any concerns over your safety and welfare whilst carrying out your refereeing duties, or indeed concerns regarding the welfare or any young person.

Please take a few moments to read the document and then save it somewhere safely for your future reference.

If you have any questions regarding anything related to Safeguarding, please do not hesitate to contact either Ken D’Rosario (Ken.D’Rosario@NorfolkFA.com) or Matt Carpenter (Matt.Carpenter@NorfolkFA.com)

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