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EWFL Validated Referees

The Essex Walking Football League ('EWFL') believes that as an adult 'grassroots' football league; walking football is a community recreational sport and it will have a positive impact on a player's health, well-being and social needs.


The EWFL intentions are to provide competitive opportunities with no contact between its players. Good sportsmanship is expected from all involved: the players, coaches, Referees and spectators. In this regard the EWFL has a zero tolerance policy with regards to physical contact that can cause injury, dissent, abuse argumentative behaviour, swearing, and sarcasm towards match officials.


It expects these principles to be strongly enforced. 

All matches will be played under the Essex Walking Football League rules. These are based on the FA's original LOTG template and our competition rules have been adjusted to ensure that physical contact is not made in order to win the ball or gain an advantage without taking the ball cleanly and thereby ensuring all game play is fair.

Entry Requirements for Season 2018

From Season 2018, which starts on 1st March 2018 and is to finish on 31st October 2018 you will need to register with the EWFL as a EWFL Referee. From Season 2019 onwards you will also need to register with the Essex County FA and complete a FA basic referee's course that will be specifically designed for walking football. Essex FA have indicated that these will be available from Autumn 2018.

Skills Required

You will need to have: 

  • Excellent communication and observational skills.
  • Self-confidence to make difficult decisions under pressure.
  • Good people management skills.
  • A calm and professional approach and deliver your decisions in an effective, but firm but polite manner.
  • A full understanding and interpretation of current ('2018') EWFL the match day rules.

We are keen to have retired or ex-County FA Referees who wish to be continue to be involved in of fishing at matches.

To Qualify For Season 2018

What You Will Do

Before you are able to officiate at a EWFL fixture you will:

  • Be provided with a current copy of the EWFL rules.
  • Be given a short interview.
  • Complete a short online test devised by the EWFL Rules Committee to ensure you have an understanding of the 2018 match day rules.

Once you have been confirmed as being able to officiate at EWFL fixtures all we ask is that you let us know when you are not available. Full details of all EWFL tournaments and venues will supplied by the EWFL Results & Fixture Secretary prior to the start of the season.


NB: All Referees validated during Season 2017 and all new applicants are being asked to complete a validation test. This is due to the match day rule changes for Season 2018. The validation test can be taken here. It is recommended that you download and read the Rules before taking the test. Ongoing random assessments will be carried out by your peers during the course of each season.

Before kick-off, you will:

  • Inspect the pitch and its markings to ensure they comply with the EWFL rules Make sure equipment like goalposts and nets are safely set up correctly so that no advantage is given to either team.
  • Check you have everything you need for the game, like stopwatches, notebook, match whistle and cards (‘blue’ and ‘red’).
  • Meet with team captains.
  • Receive and review match team sheets. NB: The responsibilty of sending team sheets to the EWFL will be the tournament organiser.
  • Ensure that all teams are compliant to EWFL match day rules and if there is any breach or failure to comply they will not be allowed to continue play the fixture. NB: Shin pads MUST be worn, whilst on the field of play.

During a game, you will:

  • Take responsibility for the match on your own.
  • Look after the players’ safety during the game and make sure they obey the EWFL matchday rules.
  • Follow the play and when any infringements or transgression occurs communicate your rulings effectively to the  players.
  • Control the behaviour of the teams on the pitch.

After a game, you will:

  • Need to provide a 'Fair Play' team appraisal score on the Tournament Result Sheet and return Result Sheet to tournament organiser.
  • Need to complete the online report form on any sending-offs you made during a match. Details of this form will be provided upon confirmation of your appointment.

Referee's Tournament Fee 2018

A EWFL validated Referee is approved and appointed by the League's Referee Development Officer and will be paid no more than £30 for officiating at a EWFL tournament. There is expected to be a change to these fees from 2019 Season. A tournament may last between 2 to 3 hours and will have multiple matches. Each EWFL match is expected to be no longer than 20 minutes in length. NB: 15 minutes is the minimum for a EWFL match and 20 minutes is the maximum.

Referee's Validation 2018

Once a Referee has been validated they will receive an identity validation badge and a copy of the current EWFL Rules. The League reserves the right to remove validation from a EWFL Referee for a reported instance of misconduct, lack of professional behaviour, not keeping his or her engagement and failing to give a satisfactory explanation as to their non-appearance, Ongoing random assessments will be carried out by your peers during the course of each season.

EWFL Validated Referees' Contact List 2018

EWFL Referees contact details appear here:


Location Contact Number Email EWFL Ref:
Neil Watson Southend 07850042816 001
John Smith Halstead 01787582898 002
Peter Gunter Clacton 077695915058 003
Peter Sallows Harwich 07841575145 004
John Anderson Harwich 07860648090 006
Mark Holmes Leigh 07961580222 008
Colin Ball Walton 07896727562 010
Damian O'Reilly Hornchurch 011
David Axcell Westcliff 07922495697 012
Guy Pell-Ilderton Rayleigh 07787326383 013
Steven Freeman Rochford 07718303525 015
John Ackred Chelmsford 07715281344 016
Trevor King Leigh 07532726443 017
Reg Swallow Shoeburyness 07708331479 018
Alan Marsh Tilbury 07951 235404 020

"Over 60 league matches today (15th August 2018)


Hi Derek I'm taking it upon myself to message you personally about the league matches at Len Forge Centre today. It was to my great pleasure to say that today's fixtures were played in COMPLETELY the right spirit as the game was intended to be. Its the first time that there was NOT ONE decision that I made as a Referee that was argued about by ANY of the teams that were competing on my pitch. In a very competitive environment it was a pleasure to referee teams that accepted decisions that were made. Im sure that the other three referees that were involved would agree. I THINK WE ARE GETTING THERE! - Regards Neil Watson. "

EWFL Referees Season 2019


If you are interested in becoming an Essex Walking Football League Referee please contact Lukas Wood at Essex County FA on or Derek Murr the EWFL League Chairman on for further details.

Essex Walking Football League

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