Next Meeting Thursday 19th November meeting starts at 7.30pm Carlton, Club, Gleadless

Training Night on Mass Confrontation led by FA Instructors Dave Fields and James Bell

The presentation and interactive evening has been delivered to level 4’s and above and now we get a chance to share it with out up and coming match officials.

This will be another big night for match officials investing time in their future.


October Guest Speaker was Jon Moss
jon moss

Sheffield RA can only thank Jon for his time in October, he is one of the most entertaining guest speakers we have had the pleasure of joining us.

The night was across between organised presentation and one liners that made you laugh, showing his day for the FA cup preparations up to kick off and after the game.

These nights are not to be missed, be sure to join the mailing list not to miss our guest speakers.

John Moss FA Cup final match official will be joining us on October 15th, This will be a great night and there may well be some food supplied as well.

The chat will be motivational and will be great for active and non-active officials to attend.



February 2016 Guest Speaker 

Jane Simms referee

Jane Simms will be our guest, a must for all officials, Jane has been both referee and Assistant referee at the Womens FA Cup final, referees both mens and ladies. This will be a truly great night.







December Meeting 

xmas quiz
The night for everyone, the Brian Coddington Xmas quiz, Pie and Peas on the night, bring family and friends and take on the quiz.
New winners last year means this year the challenge will be on.









The meeting was really good with new faces and new officials in attendance, looking to find out more about the amendments to the offside law. Thanks to Vice Chairman Dave Fields for running us through what to look for.  This was supported by members in the room each giving opinions and adding to the discussion.
It was agreed the amendment before this one had gone a stage to far and created “phases of play”. The new guidance brings back a little bit more control.

The additional IFAB guidance

A player in an offside position shall be penalised if he:
1. clearly attempts to play a ball which is close to him when this action impacts on an opponent
2. makes an obvious action which clearly impacts on the ability of an opponent to play the ball

There are 3 key things to consider
Player is in an offside position “yes”
Is the ball Close to him “yes”
Has this position had an impact on an opponent “yes”

Then offside must be given, all 3 facts must be present for an offside to be given.

Please follow this link for video guidance and more information.  PGMOL Guidance

Sunday League Feedback

The Sunday Leagues have met and discussed moving forward for the Sunday leagues, the aim of the Sunday leagues and Sheffield RA are that all games have allocated referees each week.

In case your unaware the leagues are Blades Superdraw, DB Sports U18’s, Meadowhall league and Sheffield Imperial league.

If you haven’t already done so you need to contact the leagues and let them know your Sunday availability. Email the leagues something similar to the following

Week1 , Sheffield Imperial
Week 2, Blades Super draw
Week 3, Meadowhall League
Week 4, U18’s
Week 5, Meadowhall U21’s

The choice is yours and any combination can be sent through, they can be all one league, only a couple of leagues the choice is yours.

If you are 16 or under you can only referee on the Sheffield junior league , please note for the Junior League and U18’s you must have an up to date CRC check and will need to contact County FA to do this.

Contact Details for the leagues can be found here

You can sort your fixtures here Sunday league registration form


It is with deepest regret I post regarding the passing of Brian Bradley yesterday. Brian was involved in an accident on the M1 Thursday and both he and his wife Judith died. Brian was a huge character in football at grassroots, county senior and journalism. Sheffield RA passes their deepest sympathy to the families of Brian and Judith.

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Brian Bradley RIP


Mentor Weekend Huge Success

Weekend 27th/28th June saw the Sheffield RA weekend mentoring referees L7 or below, some hadn’t reffed before. Sheffield RA would like to thank Billy Sharpe for allowing us to do this week at his annual tournament in aid of the LJS Foundation.

The Sheffield RA mentors turned up and we were ready to go. The aim of the weekend was basics and creating good habits and lots of encouragement.

referees billy sharpe Mentors Billy Sharpe

The referees were watched during the games and given development points. One of the main points over the weekend was communication and the different forms to use on the field of play, Whistle tone, body language and verbal. Over the two days you could see changes in the match officials and the confidence growing. One young official doing his first line in the final had the president of the Sheffield RA Paul Cooper mirroring and talking to him.
We also managed on the 2nd day for contrib referees to do games while the mentees watched on observing 10/15 yard gaps between active players and the referee and demonstrating how to use your communication skills to control what unfolds in front of you. Mentors loved watching one of the young officials Aaron Hallam played an outstanding advantage in the opening 30 seconds of the 2nd day and listened to advice to “milk it” when the advantage led to a goal. Clearly Aaron had been listening at the RA meetings when this has been discussed.
All the match officials did a final either as referee or as asst refs and each one did themselves and the County FA proud.

Sheffield RA are proud to be associated with the LJS Charity and look forward to this relationship continuing.

Next mentor events will  be October, these will be games in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Girls league and on the Sheffield and Hallamashire Boys league , , we will then be looking to supply all officials from Sheffield RA for the School Cup finals at Warminster Rd at the end of the season. To find out more you can contact Simon Hall or come and discuss at either the August Meeting or September meeting.

Greg Roberts Young Referee of the year receiving his award from incoming chairman Simon Hall.
Stuart Hague Receives his award for valued contribution to the Referee Association

Greg Roberts Young Referee of the Year


June 1st Graves Park
Pre-Season Fitness Training 6.30pm Start, Cost £1 (Meet at the Football /Cricket Pavilion)

Sheffield RA Fitness Training

Get fit to referee don’t referee to get fit (everyone welcome)


June 27th / 28th
First Sheffield RA development / mentoring weekend for new “ish” referees (in competitive games)

Sheffield RA have planned two development days next month, 27th and 28th June. This has been arranged in conjunction with the Billy Sharp annual tournament to raise funds in memory of BJS foundation.
Age groups over the weekend will be U10 ,11, 12 and 13 which is ideal for referees to receive some mentoring / coaching from experienced officials from the Sheffield RA. They will also get the chance to watch an experienced official and look at things they do and discuss what they have seen. A great way to develop your whole round game.

If you know of some new “ish” officials who are looking at going up the development ladder please ask them to email me with contact details.
This is a mini tournament so will be competitive, being for charity it is about donating time for free with the added bonus of early development and advice.
The next 3 development days are currently being worked on, and will be announced nearer the new season starting.

Feel free to forward to anyone you think will be interested.

Sheffield RA are working with http://www.ljsfoundation.org.uk/ for this special weekend