Come and join The ALTON REFEREES ASSOCIATION We meet at: Alton Cricket Club, Jubilee Playing Fields, Northfields Lane, Alton, Hampshire. GU34 1SN. 3rd Thursday of every month August - May

WELCOME to a new venue and new look ALTON REFEREE ASSOCIATION

Alton Referees Association will be relocating from the start of this coming season. We will still be meeting on the third Thursday of every month, starting on August 20th 2015 at 7:30 - the new venue will at  Alton United Football Club Anstey Park Enclosure Alton Hampshire GU34 2RL

why join the RA

All are welcome to come along and meet us (parents can sit in as well). We pride ourselves on being a friendly society with a great variety of experience and knowledge that will help all referees prosper in their careers


Our next Referee association meeting is due to take place on Thursday 17th September at our new venue of Alton United Football club, Anstey Park Enclosure, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 2RL. As part of our meeting last month one of our younger members, Edward McKenzie was presented with a young referee's award from the north East Hants Youth league by our president John Martin

Supporting Referees for over 100 years

The The Referees' Association has been in existence for over 100 years supporting members throughout the country at all levels of the game. The Association provides benefits such as insurance, incapacity benefits, legal advice, reduced prices on kit and equipment and many other advantages, from the head office in Ryton on Dunsmore, Warwickshire. Local Associations (LRAs) are the life blood of the RA, there are over 200 spread across England and usually hold meetings on a monthly basis. Membership of the RA is primarily through a Local RA but in exceptional circumstances central membership may be allowed.

The objectives of the RA

Here are the aims of the referee association: to operate as a not-for-profit membership organisation for football referees in which all operating surpluses are retained for the further development of the Association. to provide an environment for companionship and personal refereeing development working in partnership with other members of the football family. to recruit into membership registered and former registered referees and to retain their membership. to operate through and support a network of County and Local Referees’ Associations and to provide guidance and support for their members. to support and protect members from injustice and unfair treatment in matters related to refereeing. to represent the interests of members to and on the controlling bodies of Association Football. to ensure the provision of a Benevolent Fund to provide financial support for members and their dependants in need. to ensure the provision of insurance for members whilst engaged in refereeing activities, including the activities of the Association. to maintain a website to promote the Association and to publish news and information on refereeing. to market and distribute refereeing supplies, publications and other merchandise. to arrange meetings and conferences. at the discretion of the Board, to recognise the formation of groups of members to develop specialist refereeing interests at national or regional level.

2015 R.A. Conference

The RA Conference 2015 Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow 3rd – 5th July 2015 This year the Referees’ Association Conference focused on the key topic of Understanding Football. Following on from a hugely successful event in 2014, where delegates focused on Getting the big decision right, there were a whole host of workshops and outdoor sessions planned to enhance everyone's refereeing knowledge. This year the Referees’ Association were working in partnership with the RA-FA Youth Council to deliver a weekend of interactive and engaging content aimed at up-skilling the referee workforce. The FA and the PGMOL, including senior coaches and select group match officials, were once again supporting the event and delivering content over the weekend.

Have YOUR say.....

We welcome all feedback and ideas for the new Alton RA website. Get in touch with us by visiting the 'Contact Us' page.

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The RA-FA Incentive Scheme

The RA-FA incentive scheme is a great way to get rewards for your refereeing activities

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Assessment advice for match officials

Ash Potter, one of Hampshire's leading assessors, has created an excellent learning tool for referees on the criteria they are being marked against when they are being assessed.

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