Pitch Inspections

Modified on Mon, 25 Apr 2022 at 03:09 PM

It is vital from the referees' viewpoint that when asked to undertake a pitch inspection, you do so professionally and remembering the overriding factor of player safety. At the forefront of your mind you must always think - is the playing surface safe to play on? 

  • If a pitch inspection is required, arrive in plenty of time to ensure the inspection is completed in good time. Keep both clubs informed as and when appropriate.

Prior to reaching a decision the Referee who is making the inspection should consider the following;

  • Whether or not the ground (playing area) is dangerous (e.g. ice/frost)
  • Whether or not conditions are or could turn farcical
  • The existing condition of the playing surface in conjunction with the prevailing weather conditions as previously confirmed with the local weather authority
  • Be seen to be active and inspect thoroughly! A professional approach must be adopted when carrying out an inspection. It is not acceptable just to take a cursory look at the field of play in normal dress (i.e. Suit / Blazer etc.). Sports kit should be worn, along with appropriate footwear (i.e. football boots). All areas of the pitch should be inspected. A ball should be used to determine whether the surface is playable (for movement and bounce).
    ...remember the decision as to whether the match is played, is the referees.

For detailed guidelines, please see the 'Pitch Inspection Guidance' Document below.

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