After the game ends, a center referee’s function is to write the match report. Because of its importance, this document is vital for both the referee association and the football authority. A competent match official must be able to create a detailed and accurate report.

What is a standard report on a match?

Time for kick-off
It is important to clearly state the exact time of kickoff and the duration of each match. Match reports must include additional time at each half, as well as the date.

Names of both teams
Two teams play football, each with their own set of officials and players. The match report often includes the names of both the away and home teams. The home team’s name is usually the first.

Name of the venue for the match
In the report, you must include the name of the place where the match was played. Except in rare cases, matches are played in stadiums. The name of the venue is essential in any case. This also includes information about the behavior of officials and fans at match venues.

Name and position for match officials
In a regular game of football, there are typically four match officials. These officials are the centre referee, assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2, and fourth official. Each official has a column in which their name, affiliation, designation, and signature are added. Your write-up must include the name of your match commissioner.

Substitutions, cautions, and sending off
Match reports must include all substitutions by both teams. Both teams must record any sending offs or cautions. It is important to clearly state the offense that the player committed as per the Laws of the game.

The recording of the incident that led the to caution and sending off is what makes the difference. To ensure accurate reports, match officials are consulted when documenting these incidents.

Weather conditions and pitch condition
A match can be cancelled due to weather conditions, especially if it is not clear. The report must include a detailed description of the pitch’s condition and weather conditions.

Goals scored
It is important to document the number of goals and the jersey numbers and name of each player who scored them. In the write-up will be the final score between the teams and the eventual winning team.

The complete report can be sent to the responsible football authority for organizing the match via email or post. This report must be submitted within 48 hours of the match. Important to note, all incidents occurring outside of the match must be recorded. This is especially true if there was intimidation from team officials against match officials. Your name, signature, and referee association must be added to the final report.