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Scottish Football Association

Scottish Football Association

Head of Refereeing


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Apr 26, 2024


This role will drive the development of refereeing in Scotland and be responsible for delivering the highest standards of officiating, whilst supporting the recruitment and retention of match officials.

The Head of Refereeing will report to the Chief Governance Officer, but crucially will be a public spokesperson and advocate for refereeing, forging relationships with key football stakeholders especially in the evolution and optimisation of VAR in Scottish football.

The Head of Refereeing must have extensive experience of the Laws of the Game and the UEFA Referee Convention. You will be also accountable for coaching, education and referee appointments.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
To continually review and improve the processes and implementation of VAR and its use in a Scottish context.

To oversee the development and delivery of an annual Referee Development Programme for all categories of referees, including the provision of courses for elite referees, assistant referees, and developing referees.

To promote and support the image of Scottish refereeing by developing and delivering positive relationships with external bodies, affiliated associations and the media.

To develop and implement a strategy to improve the relationship between match officials, clubs, managers and players.

To develop and implement a strategy to recruit and retain a sufficient number of referees to meet the requirements of Scottish football at all levels.

To develop and enhance the role of the referee in Scottish and international football through the delivery of high-quality technical instruction and resources to ensure appropriate standards are maintained for all levels of the game

To keep up to date with technological advances being proposed/utilised in refereeing and recommend and evaluate their impact in Scotland as appropriate.

To oversee the content development and execution of the Introductory and Advanced Referee Courses and the accompanying examinations.

To provide an annual Referee Observers course for educational and training purposes; to monitor the quality of Observers’ reports to ensure that a uniform standard is achieved.

To provide regular reports and specialist advice to the Referee Committee on all aspects of the continuous development of Referees.

To use personal expertise on the Laws of the Game as a technical reference point for the Scottish FA, and to be its representative on the Sub-Committee of the International Football Association Board.

To promote Scottish refereeing by developing and maintaining relations with FIFA, UEFA and other National Associations.

To provide and deliver an annual educational programme for clubs and, in particular, those Scottish FA Licensed clubs to ensure their compliance with the requirements of the Club Licensing system.

To provide support to local Referees’ Associations.

To prepare an annual budget ensuring that sufficient funds are available for the development of Referees.

To carry out any other such reasonable duties that may arise from time to time as requested by the Chief Executive and/or Chief Governance Officer.
Candidate Profile
Knowledge and Experience
Proven experience as a match official at elite level.

Proven people management experience.

Proven experience of budget management.

Proven experience in the use of VAR either as a match official or in an operational capacity.

Proven experience managing and building relationships with external stakeholders.

Experience of dealing with the media.

Proven experience of presenting a wide range of information to varied audiences.

Project management experience.

Knowledge of Scottish Football.
An ability to communicate effectively on public and professional enquiries regarding technical refereeing matters.

Ability to deliver projects and information within demanding timescales.

Exceptional interpersonal skills coupled with high personal integrity.

An ability to work autonomously.

Developed analytical and problem-solving capability.

Proven planning and prioritizing skills.

Fully conversant in Microsoft Office.

An experienced and effective leader who is able to encourage maximum performance and engagement.

Confident leader who can make positive decisions.

Discreteandableto maintain confidentiality at all times.

Resilient, self-motivated and independent, able to work on own initiative and to drive tasks to conclusion.

Believes in and demonstrates the organisational values.

Open minded, is able to review decisions and operations in line of new situations or information.

A proven desire for constant improvement personally and professionally.

Committed to, and an understanding of, equality and diversity in sport.

Additional Related Requirements
Flexibility towards working hours and travelling.

Basic Disclosure Check.

Driving License.
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To request a confidential discussion about the role or to submit an application please use the email below.

As part of the application please submit a Cover letter and up to date CV. The closing date for applications is 1700 on Monday 22nd April.
About Scottish Football Association
The Scottish Football Association (also known as the Scottish FA) is the governing body of football in Scotland. Members of the Scottish FA include clubs in Scotland, affiliated national and local associations. It was formed in 1873, making it the second oldest national football association in the world.
Our vision is to harness the power of football to inspire the nation, transform lives and build a united and successful game. Through our Strategy our commitment is to build on the successes of our men’s and women’s national teams, our manifesto to encourage future generations to play freely and safely, whilst showcasing the many ways in which football can improve everyday health, education and wellbeing in Scotland.

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