Wet weather information for members


With the wet weather continuing this weekend, a number of matches have been relocated to other pitches. The centre official is reminded to ensure they undertake a thorough pitch inspection before the start of each game.

Note: if you have any issues on the condition of any pitch, and if possible, please seek the advice from an experienced member of AWSRA. If there are no experienced AWSRA members available at the time, don’t be coerced into playing the game by club officials if you believe the pitch is unplayable.

If a pitch is deemed unplayable, the centre referee is required to complete an AWFA Incident form and submit to AWFA. The form is available from AWSRA website. I suggest if the pitch is unplayable due to water issues, please take photos of the conditions and attach the photo’s as part of the report.

Phone numbers to ring to when seeking further advice:
Andrew N : 0428 649 637
Mario M: 0409 404 262
Sean F: 0434 443 242
Grant S: 0409 581 009

Feedback to AWSRA from clubs over the past few weeks: AWSRA officials not penalising foul play. The first Key Performance Indicator (KPI) in any Football Federation Australia feedback form is:
KPI 1 – Did the referee protect player safety by correctly interpreting and applying the laws?

It is important that AWSRA officials ensure the safety of players in football.
If players are challenging for the ball from behind the opponent, whilst on their feet, the chances of a fair challenge is fairly low.

If players are sliding in on the ground to challenging for the ball from behind an opponent, the chances of a fair challenge is extremely low, near impossible.

AWSRA officials are reminded that the basic consideration of a foul and any sanction which should be applied to that foul: Is it Careless, Reckless or Excessive force.

Careless- means the player has shown a lack of attention or consideration when making a challenge or that he acted without precaution. – No further disciplinary sanction is needed if a foul is judged to be careless

Reckless- means that the player has acted with complete disregard to the danger to, or consequences for his opponent. A player who plays in a reckless manner must be cautioned.

Using excessive force- means that the player has far exceeded the necessary use of force and is in danger of injuring his opponent. – A player who uses excessive force must be sent off
Players who slide in from behind when challenging an opponent for the ball, are at the very least challenging with complete disregard to danger or consequences for that opponent – Reckless

By sliding into the challenge, the player has no control over the challenge.

AWSRA officials are advised to read and apply the interpretation of LAW 12 as per: ‘Interpretation of the Laws of the game and guidelines for referees’ Page 66-72 of Laws of the game 2016.
If require any further clarification please contact me.


Andrew Nichols
President AWSRA

Updated: July 31, 2016 — 12:59 am