Re: Referees’ Allocator and Associated Issues

As I’m sure many of you are aware our Referee’s allocator Mark McEvoy has recently stepped away from the role.

The Executive Committee would like to place on the record it’s sincere thanks to Mark for his commitment and efforts during his tenure in what is a complex and time consuming role and wish him and his family well for the future.

We are currently reviewing the role and responsibilities of the Referee’s allocator with a view to restructuring the area and providing the best possible service to our clubs.

To this end we need your help, cooperation and patience.

There is a critical shortage of referees across all Leagues in the Country, not just in the DDSL, leading to many leagues having to postpone games and alternate divisions week to week.

The main issue is the continued abuse of referees by Managers/Coaches and spectators which shows no sign of abating and is already clogging up our Disciplinary Process. Already a number of cases have been referred to the FAI Disciplinary Control Unit under Section 7 (new disciplinary regulations). I have issued these to all clubs. I urge you to read them and distribute to your members.

Clubs are invited to submit their views and offer any possible solutions to this ongoing problem.

This is your responsibility.

• Over the coming weeks every effort will be made to assign referees to games.

• If referees are unavailable for fixtures Clubs will need to source replacements.

• If there is no referee against your fixture, there is no referee available. Clubs should source referee where possible.

• Every effort should be made by clubs to play games if there is no referee available, by agreement, particularly at the younger age groups. Games may not be refixed if they fall through.

• The suspension of age groups on a rotational basis will be considered.

23/09/2022 01:06