Football Queensland referees are required to follow the below match day expectations to ensure all processes are being followed on match weekends.
Match Day Checklist
- Arrive a minimum of 1 hour prior to the scheduled kick off time, making sure you’re wearing the appropriate clothing and no affiliation to a club
- If you’re running late, please ensure that you notify your refereeing team
- Locate the referee room at your venue
- While getting changed, check if team sheets have been submitted via FQ Team Sheets
- Conduct your field inspection with your refereeing team
- Sheets will lock 15 minutes prior to the match, regardless of whether both teams have submitted
- Take a few minutes to check the photos on the submitted team sheets
- Make sure you have 3 x match balls prior to leaving the referees room and have your game equipment ready
- Ensure a Ground Official escorts you from the referee room to the pitch and vice versa for half and full time. Remember that you can choose not to start a fixture if there is no ground official present.
Send Off Codes
R1 – Serious Foul Play
R2 – Violent Conduct
- Grade 1 – Violent conduct (minor)
- Grade 2 – Violent conduct
- Grade 3 – Serious violent conduct
- Grade 4 – Against a match official
R3 – Spitting
- Grade 1 – At a player or other person
- Grade 2 – At a match official
R4 – DOGSO by deliberately handling the ball
R5 – DOGSO all other instances
R6 – Offensive/Insulting/Abusive language/Gestures
- Grade 1 – Against a player or other person
- Grade 2 – Discriminatory lanuguage
- Grade 3 – Against a match official
- Grade 4 – Unsporting conduct towards a match official
R7 – Receives a second caution in same game
Y1 – Unsporting Behaviour
Y2 – Dissent by word or action
Y3 – Persistently infringes the Laws of the Game
Y4 – Delays the restart of play
Y5 – Encroachment
Y6 – Enters or re-enters the field of play without the referee’s permission
Y7 – Deliberately leaves the field of play without the referee’s permission
Referees officiating grassroots competitions, NPL Junior boys and girls, and FQPL matches will be implementing the Sin Bin ruling.
You can brush up on the Sin Bin ruling here.
All referees under 18 years of age MUST wear the Pink Armband when officiating all matches. This is to ensure players, coaches and spectators are aware referees wearing the armband are children.
If you have not received a pink armband, get in contact via email – firstname.lastname@example.org