Referees Fees - Guidance for Managers

This note covers the arrangements to be followed by managers when using qualified or unqualified referees for league, cup and friendly matches.

League Matches;

If the league appoints a referee for a league game, the home team is responsible for providing the referee with details of the venue and the kick off time. The level of the referee’s fee is set out in the League handbook. The home team is responsible for paying this fee. The relevant fee for each age group for Tandridge League matches is listed in the Handbook in Rule 13 E on Page 27, as well as on the lower half of Page 68.

If no referee is appointed, the home side should make appropriate arrangements for a referee. Preferably a currently registered and qualified Referee should be used. If the home team cannot provide a suitably qualified Referee, they should inquire if the Away Team is able to provide one. This is best done when notifying them of the venue and kick off time for the game, and is preferable to leaving it to the day of the match. The general rule of thumb is that a qualified and currently registered Referee will take precedence over a non qualified or non registered Referee.

If neither team is able to secure the services of an appropriately registered Referee, the game must still go ahead and both teams must agree the person who will referee the game. That person has the full powers for the match as a qualified Referee would have. This will frequently be a parent or other person associated with the team. In these circumstances it is hoped that no fee will be paid, although if necessary the standard league fee for that age group can be paid.

If a qualified referee is used, the standard fee for the age group would be paid, unless the referee wished to waive his fee. When the kitchen is open, efforts will be made to ensure that sufficient money is available from kitchen staff to provide cash for the team manager to pay the referee. There may be times when the kitchen is closed, or the number of home matches on a given day does not allow sufficient cash to be on hand. In these circumstances, the manager should pay the referee and claim the cost back from the treasurer using forms available on the Club Website.

Cup Matches:

The arrangements are the same as above, unless the league rules require the costs of the referee and pitch to be shared by the home and away teams. In this case the home team manager is required to collect any monies from the opposition, and to pay the referee as above. For County Cup Fixtures, there will be separate rules concerning the payment of Referee and whether or not, costs are shared by both teams.


It is hoped that managers will be able to provide a volunteer referee (qualified or unqualified) for these games, so that a fee is avoided. This is particularly expected with the younger teams. If a volunteer cannot be found by either the home or away team, then payment of the referee, up to the level of the fee for that age group in the league handbook, may be made. It is expected that the home team would pay no more than half of any fee. Normally as no charge is made for the pitch to the opposition, then the opposition should be invited to pay the referees costs in full. This is best agreed when setting the game up, rather than as a surprise announcement at the start or finish of the friendly match.

Use of Junior Referees

The club is fortunate that a number of boys in the older age groups have shown an interest in becoming referees, and have secured a qualification. The use of these boys for league and cup games is welcome. In limited circumstances, they can be used for friendlies, and a fee paid to them, for example, where this is done to enable them to reach their badge qualification level. The fee payable for all matches to these boys is normally as that listed in the League Handbook for the various Age Groups.

Ian Johnston