This is an overview of how institutions will work to have futsal referee appointments for the 2021-22 season.

For the 2019-20 season, the number of referees required per fixture at all levels was lowered to a minimum of one as it was not always possible for two to be sourced/appointed. This requirement in Appendix 5 (BUCS Match Officials Requirements) remains the same and there is an increased likelihood this year that fixtures will only have one referee due to the impacts of COVID-19 and the amount of Football and Futsal activity now taking place on weekends on the available workforce.

Fixtures taking place in Scotland and Wales

As per previous seasons, the first named (home) institution/Playing Entity shall be responsible for sourcing/appointing referees in accordance with Appendix 5 (BUCS Match Officials Requirements).

Fixtures taking place in England

Men’s and Women’s Premier Tier and National Championship

Referees will be appointed by the FA Futsal Referees Appointments Officer, Ian Vaines, except for fixtures hosted by those institutions/Playing Entities who advise that they will source their own referees.

To ensure that appointments can be made, the following process shall take place for each fixture:

  • 14 days prior to each fixture, institutions/Playing entities need to have updated the start times and venues for all fixtures on BUCS Play.
  • These fixture details will be forwarded to Ian by BUCS so that he can begin to appoint referees.
  • Ian will aim to have referees appointed by four days prior to the fixture (Tuesday of that week), with these appointments being e-mailed to Institution Administrators by BUCS on the Wednesday morning. Any institutions/Playing Entities who have not been appointed the minimum of one referee by this stage should liaise with Ian directly.
  • Institutions/Playing Entities must then contact the referee(s) directly to confirm final fixture details.

Men’s and Women’s Tier 1 and below leagues, National Trophy and Conference Cups

As per previous seasons, the first named (home) institution/Playing Entity shall be responsible for sourcing/appointing referees in accordance with Appendix 5 (BUCS Match Officials Requirements).

Institutions/Playing Entities can request support with appointments from the FA Futsal Referees Appointments Officer, Ian Vaines, but appointment requests are not guaranteed to be fulfilled and responsibility sits with the first named (home) institution/Playing Entity to secure all officials. Please note that Ian’s role is voluntary and something he does in his spare time to support the futsal programme.

To request support with appointments, institutions/Playing Entities should use the following process:

  • Complete this Google Form a minimum of 10 working days before the fixture.
  • Once completed, Ian will be in touch as soon as possible to highlight potential availability.
  • Please liaise with Ian directly to confirm appointment(s).

By submitting a request, this does not mean you will automatically be appointed an official. If you do not hear from Ian, please assume he has been unsuccessful in trying to appoint. We also recommend you still try to seek your own appointment and inform Ian if you manage to appoint. Please note that Ian does this to his best endeavours and cannot always accommodate every request.

Payment of referees

The following guidelines should be followed on payment for referees. If you have any issues with referees demanding more money, then please email [email protected].

  • Per game: £30 (plus mileage – 25p per mile).
  • Three games or more/Round Robin: £90 flat fee.
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