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North Riding FA become the first County Football Association to partner with RefLIVE

North Riding FA become the first County Football Association to partner with RefLIVE, providing local referees with an innovative new resource to help improve performance and provide feedback

North Riding County is FA is excited to announce a new partnership with RefLIVE, which will enable affiliated referees in the North Yorkshire and Teesside area to utilise a Referee Management System to help the County FA monitor performance, provide a referee wellbeing post-match feedback platform and track team behaviour to help support, develop and train referees.

RefLIVE’s Referee Management System is an online platform and smartphone app for referees, observers, referee coaches, mentors and referee development team members, which enables a focus on developing referees and ultimately reducing referee abuse. The RefLIVE Referee Management System is now used by a variety of state and national sports associations around the world to assist with referee development and the severe problems plaguing officiating, including abuse and the subsequent effect on the turnover of referees.

Ross Joyce, Referee Development Manager at North Riding FA, believes that innovation in officiating is extremely important and a great way of ensuring referees are supported. 

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we have agreed a partnership with RefLIVE to utilise their innovative Referee Management System to integrate all of our referee observation, coaching, mentoring and referee self-assessment reporting procedures to benefit from some insightful data on how we help develop and devise referee training and education. 

“In addition to this, we are also launching our new referee wellbeing post-match feedback report for all referees within North Riding FA, for them to provide feedback after each appointment on a team’s conduct and their own personal experiences, which will ensure we can offer additional support and deal with any unpleasant incidents immediately. The platform will also allow us to work with our local leagues and provide them with feedback on a team’s conduct, ensuring we can also acknowledge the vast majority of positive experiences that our referees experience on a weekly basis.”     

RefLIVE CEO Simon Murphy added that they are proud to be working with a prominent football association as RefLIVE continues to expand globally to provide a valuable resource for all referees, “This is an excellent opportunity to work with a range of referees and the North Riding County FA Referee Development Team, who are an innovative County FA and looking to fully support and further develop their local grassroots referee workforce.

“We have worked with Ross Joyce over the past few months to fully develop a Referee Management System that will add real value and purpose. Our system will enable them to receive a new range of reports and analytics to elevate their performance, and referee managers will receive real-time insights to deliver elite-level coaching and assistance, as well as week-by-week referee wellbeing feedback to ensure they can provide the appropriate support and hopefully increase retention levels of their referees.”

This is the latest development that North Riding County FA has implemented in order to better support and safeguard its referees, following the successful launch of our U18 Referee Armband initiative in July 2019, as well as the introduction of their Referee 24 Hour Hotline and Assault Policy back in 2017.

All North Riding County FA referees, observers, coaches, mentors and support staff who have registered for season 2020/21 will shortly receive an alert from RefLIVE asking them to create a password and download the RefLIVE App. Login details will then be sent to the referee workforce at 7am on Friday (25 September), ahead of the weekend’s games. 

Further information and updates will be sent by the County FA in due course.   

For further information about RefLIVE’s Referee Management System, visit www.reflive.com   

To read more about North Riding FA’s work within refereeing, head to www.northridingfa.com/referees

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