Reading RA

The Reading Referees’ Assocation is a society of football referees that aims to provide training, support and camaraderie for local referees of any age or standard. It is a local branch of the National Referees’ Association which has almost 10,000 members in over 300 branches in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you’re interested in learning more please contact us or simply come along to one of our open meetings, held on the third Thursday of each month during the football season.

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Upcoming Events

Aug
2
Tue
7:30 pm RRA Committee Meeting @ Earley Home Guard Social Club
RRA Committee Meeting @ Earley Home Guard Social Club
Aug 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
RRA Committee Meeting @ Earley Home Guard Social Club
If you would like to raise any concerns or matters of consideration for future committee meetings, please contact any one of the committee members who can add to the agenda. Mike Baker, Chairman Tony Smith, Vice Chairman Geoff Baldock, Secretary
Sep
6
Tue
7:30 pm RRA Committee Meeting @ Earley Home Guard Social Club
RRA Committee Meeting @ Earley Home Guard Social Club
Sep 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
RRA Committee Meeting @ Earley Home Guard Social Club
If you would like to raise any concerns or matters of consideration for future committee meetings, please contact any one of the committee members who can add to the agenda. Mike Baker, Chairman Tony Smith, Vice Chairman Geoff Baldock, Secretary
Oct
4
Tue
7:30 pm RRA Committee Meeting @ Earley Home Guard Social Club
RRA Committee Meeting @ Earley Home Guard Social Club
Oct 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
RRA Committee Meeting @ Earley Home Guard Social Club
If you would like to raise any concerns or matters of consideration for future committee meetings, please contact any one of the committee members who can add to the agenda. Mike Baker, Chairman Tony Smith, Vice Chairman Geoff Baldock, Secretary

Recent news

  • “To remain in the RA or not to remain in the RA” February 17, 2016 - Introduction Reading RA Chair, Mike Baker together with Derek Reigate and Tony Smith attended the Cressex Community Centre in Wycombe in January to listen and report back on the debate as to whether or not Reading RA should remain as members
  • Advantage need not always be played April 7, 2016 - Referees love to play advantage and if it comes off, perhaps a goal scored, they couldn’t be more pleased. It does however have its dangers as some recent incidents have shown. In the England v Germany friendly match the ITV
  • Going soft on DOGSO March 31, 2016 -   The International FA Board, the games’ law makers, sanctioned many experiments at this year’s meeting, but in my opinion they have been bullied into agreeing to one for a change to the law regarding denying a goal scoring opportunity.
  • Liz Verrall – B&B FA CEO returns one year on March 24, 2016 -   Our guest speaker for March was Liz Verrall, CEO of Berks & Bucks FA, who made a return visit following her attendance at our meeting a year ago. She said she wanted to review some of the promises made
  • Video Refs won’t solve all controversies March 24, 2016 - As well as approving the newly written Laws of the Game and all its changes, the International FA Board at its meeting in Cardiff earlier his month, also agreed to experiment with video replays for referees after flatly refusing to
  • The Fourth Official is not a Manager’s verbal punchbag March 17, 2016 -   There can be few football fans in this country who have not seen the photo or video of Louis van Gaal, the Manchester United manager, literally throwing himself down at the feet of Mike Dean, who was acting as
  • Messi and Suarez’s joint penalty March 10, 2016 - Several people have asked about the ‘joint’ penalty kick by the FC Barcelona duo, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. I didn’t see it but it appears that Messi is the designated penalty taker for the team, but he didn’t want
  • All change for the Laws of the Game this summer March 3, 2016 - This Saturday, 5th March, the International FA Board, the body responsible for the laws of football, holds is annual general meeting in Cardiff. The first item on the agenda is ‘Revision of the Laws of the Game’. Its members will
  • Full-time Refs for Championship next season February 25, 2016 -   Except for rare occurrences when they have a Premier League referee in charge, referees at Reading matches are not full time officials. They all have ‘day’ jobs which are not usually connected with football. This can be quite stressful.
  • When should a Referee blow for time? February 18, 2016 -   Louis van Gaal has plenty else to worry about, but recently he complained that the referee blew for time too early. ‘We were on a counter attack,’ he said, ‘and he whistles, he did it also in the first