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The Laws Of The Game – 2018 Changes


FMNC Executive Referees
FMNC Referee Coach: Ossie Bellamy
Referee Development Officer: Glen Bowman (Manning/Great Lakes Area)
Referee Appointments Officer: Justin McIntyre (Macca) (Manning/Great Lakes Area)
Referee Assistant Coach: Rodney Dobson (Hastings/Macleay Area)
Referee Development Officer: Barry Nelis (Hastings/Macleay Area)
Referee Assistant Coach: Dave Stewart (Manning/Great Lakes Area)
Referee Appointments Officer: Craig White (Hastings/Macleay Area)

FMNC / NNSWF
FMNC Technical Director: Larry Budgen
NNSWF Official Development: Brad Carlin
NNSWF Official Development: Ross Hicks
FMNC Club & Referee Development Officer: Justin McIntyre (Macca)
FMNC Referees Payments: Amanda Short
FMNC General Manager: Bruce Potter



Click on the below links for relevant information.

2018 FMNC Competition Rules
2018 FMNC Competition Fixtures
2018 High Performance Fixtures
2018 Competition Calendar (updated 30th March 2018)
FMNC Clubs
FMNC Playing Times & Ball Sizes
FMNC Generic Special Competition Rules

Finals Series Procedures
For all FMNC Finals series matches.

• In ALL Competitions, in the event of a draw at full time, a five (5) minute break will be taken then two ten (10) minute halves with no break will be played.

• If the scores are still level after extra time, then a penalty shoot-out, conducted under FIFA rules, will take place to decide the winner.



Click on the below links for relevant forms.

Reports & Information
FMNC Send Off Report
FMNC Conduct Report
Guidelines for Compiling Reports
Report Writing
Abandoned Matches
Incidents of Assault

SANCTION CODES

CAUTION CODES

Y1 Is guilty of unsporting behaviour

Y2 Shows dissent by word or action

Y3 Persistently infringes Laws of the Game

Y4 Delays the restart of play

Y5 Fails to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick, free kick or throw in

Y6 Enters or re-enters the field without the referee’s permission

Y7 Deliberately leaves the field of play without the referees permission

EXPULSION CODES

R1 Is guilty of serious foul play

R2 Is guilty of violent conduct

R3 Spits at an opponent or any other person

R4 Denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball

R5 Denies an obvious goal scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or penalty kick

R6 Uses offensive or insulting or abusive language and/or gestures

R7 Receives a second caution in the same match

OFFENCE

No.1 (R4 or R5 for Players) Denying the opposing team a clear goal-scoring opportunity 

No.2 (R6 for Players) Use of offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures

No.3 (R1 for Players) Serious Foul Play (e.g. when challenging for the ball)

No.4 (R2 for Players) Assault on a Player (e.g. violent conduct when not challenging for the ball)

No.5 (R6 for Players) Serious Unsporting Conduct

No.6 (R6 for Players) Use of discriminatory language and/or gestures, including racist, religious, ethnic or sexist

No.7 (R3 for Players) Spitting at a player 

No.8 (R2 or R6 for Players) Inciting a brawl 

SPECIFIC OFFENCES AGAINST A MATCH OFFICIAL

No.9 (R6 for Players) Use of offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures

No.10 (R6 for Players) Unsporting conduct toward a match official

No.11 (R2 for Players) Assault of a match official

No.12 (R3 for Players) Spitting at a match official

Assessments & Coaching
Referee Assessors Report
Assistant Referee Assessors Report
Referee ‘on the run’ Assessments



Officials Code of Fair Play

Modify rules and regulations to match the skill levels and needs of young people.

Compliment and encourage all participants.

Be consistent, objective and courteous when making decisions.

Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all opponents.

Emphasise the spirit of the game rather than the errors.

Encourage and promote rule changes, which will make participation more enjoyable.

Be a good sport yourself. Actions speak louder than words.

Keep up to date with the latest trends in officiating and the principles of growth and development of young players.

Remember, you set an example. Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive.

Place the safety and welfare of the participants above all else.

Give junior players a ‘fair go’ regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Players Code of Fair Play

Play by the rules.

Never argue with a referee or assistant referee. If you disagree, have you captain, coach or manager approach the official on your behalf.

Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviours in soccer.

Work equally hard for yourself and your team. Your team’s performance will benefit, so will you.

Be a good sport, recognise all good plays whether they are part of your team or the opposition.

Treat all participants in soccer as you like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitors.

Cooperate with your coach, teammates and opponents. Without them there would be no game.

Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please parents and coaches.

Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participant regardless of the their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Parents Code of Fair Play

Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment.

Encourage children to participate, do not force them.

Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.

Encourage children always to play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.

Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game.

Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performances and skilful plays by all participants.

Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from all of soccer’s activities.

Respect official’s decisions and teach children to do likewise.

Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate.

Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Coaches Code of Fair Play

Remember that junior players participate for pleasure and winning is only part of the fun.

Never ridicule or yell at a junior players for making a mistake or not winning.

Be reasonable in you demands on players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.

Operate within the rules and spirit of the game and teach your players to do the same.

Ensure that the time players spend with you is a positive experience. All junior players are deserving of equal attention and opportunities.

Avoid overplaying the talented players; the just average need and deserve equal time.

Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of all players.

Display control, respect and professionalism to all involved with the sport. This includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrators, the media, parents and spectators. Encourage your players to do the same.

Show concern and caution toward sick and injured players. Follow the advice of a physician when determining whether an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition.

Obtain appropriate qualifications and keep up to date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of young players.

Any physical contact with a junior player should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the player’s development.

Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Spectators Code of Fair Play

Remember that young people participate for their enjoyment and benefit, not yours.

Applaud good performance and efforts from all individuals and teams.

Congratulate all participants on their performance regardless of the game’s outcome.

Respect the decisions of officials and teach junior players to do the same.

Never ridicule or scold a player for making a mistake. Positive comments are motivational.

Condemn the use of violence in any form, whether it is by spectators, coaches, officials or players.

Show respect for your team’s opponents. Without them there would be no game.

Encourage players to follow the rules and the officials’ decisions.

Do not use foul language, sledge or harass players, coaches or officials.

Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Teachers Code of Fair Play

Modify rules and regulations to match the skill levels and needs of young people.

Compliment and encourage all participants.

Be consistent, objective and courteous when making decisions.

Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all opponents.

Emphasise the spirit of the game rather than the errors.

Encourage and promote rule changes, which will make participation more enjoyable.

Be a good sport yourself. Actions speak louder than words.

Keep up to date with the latest trends in officiating and the principles of growth and development of young players.

Remember, you set an example. Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive.

Place the safety and welfare of the participants above all else.

Give junior players a ‘fair go’ regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Administrators Code of Fair Play

Provide opportunity for involvement of young players in planning, leadership, evaluation and decision making related to their activity.

Give all young players equal opportunities to participate.

Create pathways for young players to participate in soccer not just as a player but also as a coach, referee, administrator etc.

Ensure that rules, equipment, length of games and training schedules are modified to suit the age, ability and maturity level of young players.

Provide quality supervision and instruction for junior players.

Remember that young players participate for their enjoyment and benefit. Do not overemphasise awards.

Help coaches and officials highlight appropriate behaviour and skill development, and help to improve the standards of coaching and officiating.

Ensure that everyone involved in junior sport emphasises fair play, and not winning at all costs.

Give a code of Fair Play sheet to spectators, officials, parents, coaches, players & the media & encourage them to follow it.

Remember, you set an example. Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive.

Support implementation of Soccer Australia’s National Junior Development Policy.

Make it clear that abusing young players in any way is unacceptable and will result in disciplinary action.

Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Media Code of Fair Play

Provide coverage of junior soccer activities as well as reporting adult soccer matches.

Be aware of the differences between adult soccer, professional soccer and modified sports programs for junior players.

Don’t highlight isolated incidents of inappropriate sporting behaviour.

Focus upon a young player’s fair play and honest effort.

Do not place unfair expectations on junior players. They are not miniature professionals.

Focus on the abilities and not the disabilities of junior players and the sport.

Avoid reinforcing stereotypical views on the involvement of boys/girls in soccer.

Give equal time and space to reporting boys and girls soccer activities.

Familiarise yourself with Soccer Australia’s Junior Development Policy.

Do not highlight isolated incidents of inappropriate behaviour by parents.

Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.



MatchRef is a fully automated management and appointment system that FMNC use. Referees need to be set up in MatchRef to gain/accept appointments for matches and also to be able to input their unavailability.

FMNC Referees MatchRef  click to access MatchRef for Football Mid North Coast Referees.

MatchRef Help Guide – (to be uploaded when MatchRef Updates)

More information about MatchRef can be found here – MatchRef



All referee payments for games: U12-U18, Ladies, Men’s, O35’s, Premier League, High Performance (SAP/WPL/NPL) are processed and electronically transferred into referee’s individual nominated bank accounts.

> Bank Details Form – All referees are to complete the banking details form and return via email to Amanda Short.

All referees also need to complete and return to FMNC:

ATO “Statement by a Supplier”
Statement as to Hobby Income

* Both these statements are valid for 5 years, if you have previously submitted, FMNC will have these on file. Please notify FMNC if your circumstances and/or details change.

> Match Official Fees – 2018 Match Official Fees can be found here.

> Travel Claim Form – All referees are to complete this form and return to FMNC. Email Amanda Short for claiming travel. (link to be added)



The following information includes links to the registration page for each course.

FMNC is covering part of the fees for each participant. Some courses may still require a payment upon sign up which covers other course costs for things the participant will keep like book, whistle, referee shirt (supplied once registered to referee with FMNC).

2018 REFEREE COURSES
Click on course name for information and to register.

Level 3 Instructor Course – Laurieton, Saturday 2nd December 2017

Level 4 Referee Course – Laurieton, Saturday 24th February (for Female and WPL players only)

Level 4 Referee Course – Laurieton, Sunday 25th February (for NPL players only)

Game Leader Course – 5.30-7pm, Wayne Richards Park, Port Macquarie, Monday 5th March

Level 4 Referee Course – Kempsey, Sunday 11th March

Game Leader Course – 5.30-7pm, Boronia Park, Forster, Monday 12th March

Level 3 Referee Course – Laurieton, Saturday 17th March

Level 4 Referee Course – Taree, Saturday 17th March

Level 3 Assessor Course – Taree, Sunday 18th March

Game Leader Course – 5.30-7pm, Zone Field, Taree, Monday 19th March

Level 4 Referee Course – Tuncurry, Saturday 24th March

Level 4 Referee Course – Port Macquarie, Sunday 25th March

Game Leader Course – 5.30-7pm, Eden Street, Kempsey, Monday 26th March

FMNC encourages all our referees to attend courses with a view to development.

Note – the participants do not have to be good enough or experienced enough yet to do the Level 3 Referee Course. If they are not ready to referee adult matches, they can still undertake just the theory component of the Level 3 Course. (As soon as a Level 4 Referee completes the theory and practical component of that course, he or she can immediately undertake the Level 3 Referee program. This is very much what FFA wants to see).



It is important to recognise that this course does not provide any official accreditation from FFA. To receive this you must also complete the Level 4 course with details found in the section above.

Online Laws of the Game – Welcome to Football Federation Australia’s (FFA’s) online Laws of the Game.

This educational tool, gives you interactive access to the Laws of the Game including videos, workbooks, exams, procedures, interpretations, additional information and details on how to become an officially accredited referee.

Browse through the Laws of the Game immediately or register for a FREE account if you wish to complete the interactive workbook and receive your Laws of the Game Certificate.

This is a FREE online training module which provides a basic introduction to the Laws of the Game and their interpretations. Successful candidates will receive a certificate identifying they have demonstrated awareness in the Laws of the Game, and have the necessary knowledge to attend the Level 4 Referee course.



2018 Referee Information Handbook (to be uploaded when finished) – All referees are required to have this handbook and will receive it upon registration for the 2018 season. Please ensure you read through it as there is plenty of important information that all match officials require.



It is a requirement of NNSWF that ALL match officials are wearing ‘Umbro’ uniforms.

From June 2017, FMNC began using the online services of Refsworld for our Referee Clothing and equipment. Goods are competitively priced and delivered to your door in a much quicker time frame than our previous suppliers could manage.

Refsworld Online Ordering – Click to order uniform/equipment (will need to create an account).
Note: UMBRO shirt sizes are small – order at least one size up.

Use the following Code for a 10% Discount on all orders – FMNC2619

NEW REFEREES – FMNC will provide a free black referee shirt to all new referees who complete accreditation and then register in My Football Club for the 2018 season. Email Amanda Short to arrange delivery.



To become a FMNC match official for 2018, you will need to register online. Instructions on how to do so are below. Only match officials who hold a current accreditation level or are in the process of obtaining accreditation via a FMNC Referee course will be accepted.

Click Here to Register Online

Select the appropriate option:
• Proceed to login pages (if you have played before and have a FFA Number)
• Find your FFA Number (if you cannot remember your FFA Number)
• Create an FFA account (if you have never played/officiated before)

Start your registration:
• Once logged in, select “Register”
• Update all contact details as this is how you will be contacted
• Click the “Next” button at the bottom of the screen
• Step 1. Enter “Football Mid North Coast Referees”
• Step 2. Select the Registration role as: “Referee”
• Step 3. Select the correct Registration Package that applies
• Step 4. Click “Add Packages”
• Click the “Next” button at the bottom of the screen
• Read and acknowledge Terms and Conditions by ticking the box, then click “Next”
• Select “Pay Online” on the payment page
• Answer the questions on the final page and click the “Save All Answers” button



All FMNC Referees who use Facebook are encouraged to ‘request to join’ the closed FMNC Referees Facebook Group.

This group can only be accessed by FMNC Referees, and parents of younger match officials. It will not be used as a main source of information for match officials but will be utilised as an extra tool for getting relevant information out to everyone when required.

It will also be a place where Referees from within our zone can interact, seek assistance, organise events or travel to match venues etc.

Social Media Sites
Match Officials using social media sites (especially Facebook and Twitter) need to be conscious of the dangers and ramifications of acting inappropriately online.

It is very important for all individuals to remember –

• Inappropriate comments, including making ANY comments regarding specific matches, players, coaches, other match officials etc. are UNACCEPTABLE in ANY social media forums and such conduct by individuals is liable for disciplinary action by FMNC.

• Players and coaches also use social media sites, so consider this when making comments online.

• Whenever you are online it is wise to carefully consider ANY comments before publishing them. While some comments you make may be meant as a joke or not meant seriously, you just don’t know how others will interpret what you publish.



Hastings Macleay Referees Association
Fred Batts
Eric Hamlyn
Doug Thomas
Yalcin Toker 2013

Manning District Referees Association
Wayne Bamde
Warren Blanch
Mal Brown (Deceased)
Dave Cramp
Phil Darcy (Deceased)
Brian Gibson
Frank Hammond (Deceased)
Bill Payne
Ab Pugh (Deceased)
Bill Pye (Deceased)
Clyde Schubert (Deceased)
Ian Towle
Tony Visser



As part of the FMNC policies and procedures, any referee over the age of 18 must obtain a Working with Children Check as a Volunteer. To register for a WWCC is free and doesn’t take long to apply online.

To register, click here – Working with Children Check (select ‘Apply For Your Check’ and then fill in all the details as required. Ensure you have ‘Volunteer’ selected).

Once you have had your application verified at Services NSW – please advise us of your Application Number so that we can verify your status. Email your Application Number or Check Number to Justin McIntyre (Macca).



Online Nomination Form – Nominations can be submitted by completing the form at the bottom of this link.

Northern NSW Football is pleased to announce the introduction of the Newcastle Permanent Community Referee Recognition Program in 2017.

Referees make a significant contribution to our game and we should recognise them for their valuable contribution through stepping onto the field to control the game and creating a positive experience for players, coaches and spectators as a result!

Every month, NNSWF in conjunction with its seven Member Zones will select one (1) registered Referee from each Zone to be awarded “Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Month”.

Each winner will be awarded a certificate recognising their achievement, along with a jacket, cap, water bottle and a referee card set. Their contribution to football will also be recognised on the NNSWF website network and social media platforms.

From the pool of monthly winners, a “Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Year” for each Zone will be recognised.

This final pool of Zone winners will be assessed and one will be awarded the “Newcastle Permanent Community Referee of the Year” announced at NNSWF’s annual awards night. This winner will receive an award plus a $250 First Touch Gift Voucher!

All member clubs, fellow referees and players will be able to nominate referees via the link below and provide their details and a brief description of their contribution to football.



The Code of Ethics and Conduct, is to provide individuals with an indication of the standards expected of them ALWAYS (whether you are officiating on a match or otherwise).

ETHICS

• A Match Official plays an important role within the realm of football. As a match official, you have decided to pursue a unique course within the football fraternity of clubs, players, officials, etc. Players and officials will like and dislike you by the minute, but regardless, they should respect you as a match official.

• You shall carry out your duties as a match official without fear or favour and maintain the highest standards of integrity and honesty. Similar standards shall be maintained in associated off-field activities.

• You will continually be observed and judged, even when away from the immediate vicinity of clubs or grounds. Keep this in mind ALWAYS.

• Conduct yourself with dignity and do not act in such a manner as to bring yourself, your colleagues, the game or Football Mid North Coast into disrepute.

• You shall assist and support in the development and promotion of match officials and match official activity. Negative comments and continual criticism do nothing to constructively assist individual match officials or FMNC, nor enhance your standing within the football community.

• Maintain your best ALWAYS, on the field, at training, at meetings and socially. Standards of conduct that are anything less are self-defeating and unacceptable.

CONDUCT

• Ensure a smart appearance is maintained on and off the field, including wearing the uniform neatly and correctly.

• Ensure that your knowledge of the laws of the game is up-to-date and thoroughly understood, including any amendments.

• Allow sufficient time to properly meet your appointment (arrive a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the game).

• Ensure that you are at the expected level of fitness to fulfil your duties at the required standard.

• Social activities after games on club premises shall be kept within reasonable limits. If in doubt, ask yourself if your conduct could be used to the detriment of yourself or colleagues in the future.
• Complete all administrative tasks (e.g. paperwork and phone calls) within the time and the standards required. Ensure that relevant documents/reports are forwarded promptly to Football Mid North Coast.

• Ensure adequate notice is given when unavailable for appointments because of planned and known activities, by updating this information in the online appointments system.

• Limit your comments when dealing with outsiders (e.g. club officials, players, media etc.). If there is a need to speak, only speak in FACTS. Opinions will be misinterpreted and misconstrued and rebound in a way that you did not intend.

• Ensure that you treat your colleagues with the same respect and courtesy that you would expect of them.

• Match Officials are not permitted to give in any form, publicly or privately, evidence or comment that is contrary to or critical of a colleague’s control of the game, unless such comments have first been approved by Football Mid North Coast.

BREACHES

• Match Officials breaching any of the codes, or being the subject of a complaint by a colleague or third party, shall be called upon to explain their actions. If proven, the member may be subject to disciplinary action.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Match officials are advised not to;

• Comment about potential suspensions or sanctions that may be imposed by FMNC.

• Comment about competition regulations, but instead to refer people with ANY enquiries to FMNC.

• Comment about results, abandoned fixtures or any issues that will need to be assessed by FMNC.

• Comment on the eligibility of players, but instead to refer people with ANY enquiries to FMNC.

• Be seen as supporting any individual team/club when acting as a match official. This includes immediately before, during and after officiating.


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