Operational Rules


Section C3: Match Officials

MATCH OFFICIALS DIRECTOR

C3:1 The Board shall have power from time to time to appoint a Match Officials Director who shall report to it on the performance of any of the Match Officials referred to below.

LIST OF MATCH OFFICIALS

C3:2 Prior to the commencement of each Season, the Match Officials Director shall compile a List of Match Officials who are qualified to officiate in each of the competitions under the control of the RFL. In addition, the Board shall determine the fees, travelling expenses and subsistence allowances for each of the said Match Officials and the Match Officials Director shall appoint such Match Officials to officiate at any of the Matches which are under the control of the RFL.

C3:3 The name of any Match Official who in the opinion of the Match Officials Director shall not be giving satisfactory service may be suspended from the List from time to time. The Match Officials Director shall be entitled to issue guidelines to Match Officials from time to time regarding their performance in Matches and/or their interpretation of the Laws of the Game. The Match Officials Director may at any time review the grading of a Match Official. An improvement-based programme shall be in place and shall be utilised prior to the removal of the Match Official from the grading notwithstanding any disciplinary action that is taken against a referee.

C3:4 No official shall have a right of appeal if his name has been removed from the said list.

MATCH OFFICIALS BOUND BY OPERATIONAL RULES

C3:5 All Match Officials and anyone registered on the List of Match Officials shall be bound by the Operational Rules and agree to officiate at Matches in accordance with the Laws of the Game. To be removed from the List of Match Officials and to be no longer bound by the Operational Rules a Match Official must provide written notice of his desire to be removed from the List of Match Officials. Such de-registration will take effect 12 months from the date the Notice is received by the RFL and the Match Official agrees to be bound by the Operational Rules until that date. In the event that a Match Official is suspended from the List of Match Officials in accordance with Clause C3:3 and is not reinstated by the Match Officials Director, the Match Official shall be removed from the List of Match Officials 12 months from the date of suspension and the Match Official agrees to be bound by the Operational Rules until that date.

C3:6 A Match Official shall retire if he can no longer prove to the satisfaction of the Match Officials Director that he can continue to officiate to an acceptable standard and achieve an acceptable standard of physical and mental fitness or if the RFL can no longer obtain appropriate insurance cover for the Match Official. In order to establish his suitability to remain a Match Official, the Match Official will take such fitness and/or written tests as the Match Officials Director may require both prior to and/or during any Season.

C3:7 In any event, all Match Officials shall be examined as to their suitability and fitness to officiate in accordance with such standards as the Match Officials Director may set out from time to time.

SPONSORSHIP

C3:8 The Clubs agree that the RFL shall have the exclusive right and power to enter into all forms of sponsorship, advertising and other commercial contracts relating to Match Officials (in particular, those relating to their kit, flags and other equipment) subject to the Board ensuring that such sponsorships, advertising and other contracts do not conflict with any existing commercial agreements entered into by or on behalf of SLE or the NL Members collectively. To that extent the Board will at all times fully consult with those persons so as to ensure that such conflicts do not arise.

REPORTS & FORMS

C3:9 A referee and/or touch judge wishing to report a player for misconduct shall do so in the format and timescales as laid down by the RFL from time to time and such report shall contain the full name club and address, (if provided) of the player. The official shall also provide a copy of the report to the player care of his Club. The Compliance Manager shall be empowered to take whatever action it deems fit against an official who fails to observe this rule for any reason, which in the opinion of the Compliance Manager, is not satisfactory. Such action will be taken through the processes set out in C3 or D1 above as appropriate and may include the removal of appointments and/or suspension.

C3:10 The referee for each Match shall ensure that after each Match, all relevant forms and completed reports are made and sent to the RFL in accordance with all relevant Operational Rules and in the format required from time to time. It is the responsibility of each Match Official to ensure that all forms and reports are correct. Failure to do so shall amount to misconduct. Dismissal reports must be sent as instructed by the RFL from time to time.

ILLEGAL PAYMENTS

C3:11 It shall be the duty of each Match Official to ensure that he/she does not receive any form of illegal payment, gift or any other form of inducement (as set out in Operational RuleD1:10 (e) & (f)). Any Match Official breaks this Operational Rule shall be guilty of misconduct.

TRAVELLING EXPENSES

C3:12 Match Officials travelling distances which (in the opinion of the Match Officials Director) are long, must travel together in the Referee's car.

APPOINTMENTS

C3:13 If a Match Official is unable to accept an appointment, he/she shall give the reason for non-acceptance to the RFL and shall notify the RFL immediately of their acceptance in the format required from time to time.

TOUCH JUDGES

C3:14 Touch Judges shall be identified in the club programme by the colour of their flags and in-goal judges according to the end at which they will officiate.

REFEREES' INTERESTS

C3:15 A Match Official shall inform the Match Officials Director immediately and in writing of any personal and/or commercial interest or connection he/she has or obtains with any Club Official or player or if he/she has any Relevant Association with a Club (each described below as a "Link"). In particular, but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, the Match Official shall provide such details as the Match Officials Director may require from time to time including the nature of such Link.

PRESS COMMENT

C3:16 No Match Official shall be entitled to make any comment or statement in or give any interview to the media (of whatever description) in relation to any Match incident or interpretation of the Laws of the Game, unless expressly authorised to do so in writing by the Match Officials Director.

MATCH COMMISSIONERS

C3:17 The RFL shall appoint a list of Match Commissioners from time to time who shall be appointed to games to be the RFL’s official representative at those games. The role of the Match Commissioner shall be as set out in appendix E16.

MINOR MISCONDUCT

C3:18 The Match Officials Director shall be entitled, as regards any misconduct which he reasonably considers to be minor, to investigate and determine the matter in place of the Compliance Commissioner and the Judiciary Panel. The Match Officials Director shall to the extent relevant follow the procedures set out for investigation and determination of such matters as set out in Section D1. The Match Officials Director shall not investigate or determine any matter which the Compliance Commissioner is already investigating and vice versa.