You’re a new referee (or a parent/guardian of one) that has no idea what equipment you need to take on the pitch.
We will step you through the essential tools you will require to officiate, some of the items you will require may surprise you.
As a referee we must be aware of many situations that arise during the game, we must record those as they occur.
Referees record goals, red and yellow cards, substitutes, the coin toss – who took kick-off and situations that may need to be reported to federations.
Whistles – Carry two (2) of them, you may drop one in mud (or something worse) or break one during the game.
Pens and Pencils – Pens that can work in the wet – pencils are also a great solution for matchbook recording.
Red and Yellow Cards – carry two (2) sets. Most match wallets come with cards
Flip Coin – Every game starts with the pre-match coin toss ceremony, make sure you use a classy flip coin.
Sweatband – great for placing the flip coin after a coin toss and wiping your brow.
Wristwatch – Digital Timer- always wear two (2) you never know when your battery will run out. Carrying a mobile phone in your pocket is not acceptable
Assistant Referee Flags – every game at any level needs them, carry two (2) sets, one good set for your colleagues and a standard set for club assistants (usually parents)
Ball Pump – More often than not you will have match balls that need inflating
Pressure Gauge – You must ensure the balls are at the correct pressure. Nothing worse than have players pick up the ball and complain it is flat.
An organiser for your kit - You'll need something to keep your kit neat and tidy. Using a biscuit tin? that method is very 70's.
Often you will start your refereeing career as a solo referee.
The list we have suggested is based on our experience as referees, mentors and assessors.
We have a range of Starter kits that can assist you in preparing for your new passion as a referee.