Registered Referees officiating in Unaffiliated Football

Please see the note below, posted on the SFA referee extranet:


22nd May 2017
To All Referees
Dear Sir/Madam,
Registered Referees officiating in Unaffiliated Football
A Protocol between Scottish Amateur FA and the Scottish FA
The Scottish Amateur FA is concerned at the existence of Associations and Leagues which are not affiliated to it and which therefore operate outwith the organised football structures. The Scottish Amateur FA seeks to persuade such Associations and Leagues to become affiliated. It considers that its cause in this respect would be assisted by drawing attention to these circumstances to registered referees who are identified as officiating in unaffiliated Leagues and to the Scottish FA’s preference that registered referees should officiate only in affiliated football.
The following Protocol has been agreed by the Scottish Amateur FA and the Scottish FA. It sets out the process to be followed when the Scottish Amateur FA is advised that a registered referee may be officiating in unaffiliated football.
 The Scottish Amateur FA will contact the Scottish FA Referee Operations Department and advise the following information:
o Name of referee
o Match
o Name of Association or League
o Date
o Venue
 The Referee Operations will communicate with the referee advising that the League he/she is officiating in is unaffiliated to the Scottish Amateur FA and seek clarification from the referee as to whether that was known.
 The referee will be advised of the Scottish FA preference that referees operate in affiliated Leagues at all times.
 The referee will be directed to contact his/her Referees’ Association Secretary to obtain details on affiliated Leagues operating in his/her area.
 The referee’s Association Secretary and Association Manager(s) will be copied into the communication with the referee, as will the Scottish Amateur FA.
 If the referee accepts that he/she was officiating in unaffiliated football, he/she will be recommended to stop with immediate effect
 The Scottish Amateur FA and the referee’s Referees’ Association will be provided with the referee’s response
 If a referee fails to respond to the Scottish FA within 14 days, a further communication will be sent to him/her. Failure to respond will be communicated to the Scottish Amateur FA and to his/her Referees’ Association.


Referees are recommended to check the Scottish Amateur FA website – – for information on all its affiliated Associations and Leagues.
Referees should note that the Scottish FA Insurance Cover applies to football played under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA. Unaffiliated football is not under the Scottish FA’s jurisdiction.

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