Registered Referees and Assistant Referees for all matches shall be appointed in a manner approved by the Management Committee and by the sanctioning Association(s). All match officials must travel together wherever possible, if not a full explanation will be required from the defaulting official and the Management Committee will deal with the matter.

In the event of the non-appearance of the appointed Referee the appointed senior Assistant Referee shall take charge and a substitute Assistant Referee appointed by the competing Teams. In cases where there are no officially appointed Assistant Referees, the Clubs shall agree upon a Referee. A Referee thus agreed upon shall, for that game, have the full powers, status and authority of a registered Referee.

The Management Committee may, if they consider it desirable, or upon application by the two competing Clubs, appoint Assistant Referees, if available, to any match. Where Assistant Referees are not appointed each Team shall provide a Club Assistant Referee. Failure to do so will result in a fine of £10.00 being imposed on the defaulting Team.

The appointed Referee shall have power to decide as to the fitness of the ground in all matches and the decision shall be final subject to either in the case of a ground of a Local Authority or the owners of the ground, the Representative of that body is the sole arbiter and whose decision must be accepted unless the ground is declared fit for play.

Match Officials appointed under this rule shall be entitled to charge standard class public transport expenses or private car expenses of 34 pence per mile and any other permitted expenses actually incurred together with the following match fees: - Referee £20.00 Registered Referees appointed by the Management Committee as Assistant Referees £15.00 subject to any limits laid down by the sanctioning Association(s). The Referees and Assistant Referees full match fees and expenses shall be shared equally between both clubs in all competition matches.

In the event of a match not being played because of circumstances over which the Clubs have no control, the Match Officials, if present, shall be entitled to half fee plus expenses. Where a match is not played owing to one Club being in default that Club shall be ordered to pay the Officials, if they attend the ground, their full fee and expenses.

A Referee not keeping his engagement, and failing to give a satisfactory explanation as to his non-appearance, may be reported to The Association with which he is registered.

Each Club shall, in a manner prescribed from time to time by The Football Association, award marks to the Referee for each match and the name of the Referee and the marks awarded shall be submitted to the Competition on the prescribed Form provided. Clubs failing to comply with this Rule shall be liable to be fined or dealt with, as the Management Committee shall determine. The Competition shall keep a record of the markings and, on the Form provided by the prescribed date each season, shall submit a summary to The Football Association/County Association.

Referees and Assistant Referees shall be supplied, each Season, with a copy of the Competition Rules free of charge.