As in other sports where there is a referee or umpire, the role of the person in charge of the game is to make sure the rules of play are applied, to record when goals are scored and to formally note who has won the match. The excellent referee is a person who commands the respect of players by being firm and fair, and whose presence supports the flow of the match rather than getting in the way of it. Good refereeing is a highly developed skill.
Referees currently receive expenses for each adult senior league and cup match they officiate at. The current level of expense claimable is: Mileage rate: 40 pence/ mile, Match fee:£30