Send Off Reporting Procedures

Please do not use the send off reporting functionality on MatchRef.

Referees who send off a player in a match must submit an accompanying electronic send off report. It is not sufficient to simply mark that a player was sent off in a match on the match card.

Referees who have marked that a player was sent off in a match on the match card will be followed up and requested to submit an accompanying electronic send off report.

Submission Procedure

To submit a send off report, referees should complete and submit the online send off report form within 24 hours of the completion of the match.

Referees who, after clicking the “Submit Send Off Report Form” button, see a blank report form have not successfully submitted the report form.

Referees who have successfully submitted the report form will see the following message:

You have successfully submitted a send off report form.

Your submission will be reviewed by the MWFRA prior to being forwarded to the MWFA Judiciary.

You will receive a copy of your submission after it has been forwarded to the MWFA Judiciary.

Typically, submissions received by Sunday evening will be forwarded to you by Monday evening.

If your report requires amendment, you will be shortly contacted to revise and re-submit your report.

Referees who encounter an error in submitting the report form should immediately email reports@mwfra.org.au and website@mwfra.org.au with details of the send off.

The submission will be reviewed by the MWFRA prior to being forwarded to the MWFA Judiciary and referees will receive a copy of their submission after it has been forwarded to the MWFA Judiciary. Typically, submissions received by Sunday evening will be forwarded to referees by Monday evening.

Report Writing Assistance

Referees who require assistance with writing a send off offence description should compose responses to following 12 questions concerning the match and send off offence and email those responses to reports@mwfra.org.au. 

Referees will then receive via return email a draft send off offence description with which they can amend as required in completing and submitting the online send off report form.

  1. In which match did the sending off offence occur? (the teams, competition, grade, division, ground, date and kick-off time)
  2. What occurred to result in the sending off offence? (include as much detail as possible about the lead up to the offence, the offence itself and the aftermath of the offence – this is the most important question and your answer should be at least two short paragraphs)
  3. When did the sending off offence occur? (the minute of the match)
  4. Where did the sending off offence occur? (the location on the field)
  5. Where was the ball when the sending off offence occurred? (this is applicable if the offence occurred off the ball)
  6. Which players were involved in the sending off offence? (the name, team, shirt number and MWFA identification number of the expelled player and, also, the team and shirt number of any other player involved directly in the sending off offence)
  7. Where was the referee when the sending off offence occurred? (the proximity of the referee to the offence and the quality of his or her view of it)
  8. What action did the referee take? (for example, the referee showed the red card to the Belrose Terrey Hills number 11 for serious foul play)
  9. What was the score when the sending off offence occurred? (for example, Belrose Terrey Hills 2 Wakehurst 1)
  10. How did the referee restart play after the sending off offence? (for example, Wakehurst took a direct free kick)
  11. Were any offensive, insulting or abusive language/gestures used and, if so, by whom? (the team and shirt number of any player involved)
  12. Were there any incidents apart from the sending off offence that warrant a report? (for example, swearing directed at the referee from anyone – players, coaches, managers, spectators – following the offence)

Send Off Offence Codes

CodeOffence
R1Serious foul play
R2Violent conduct
R3Spitting at an opponent or any other person
R4Denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (this does not apply to a goalkeeper within his own penalty area)
R5Denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player's goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick
R6Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures
R7Receiving a second caution in the same match