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Purple Shirt Campaign


Referees under the age of 18 in Nottinghamshire will be provided with a purple shirt from Nottinghamshire FA to wear on match days when officiating in affiliated League.

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To increase the retention of young referees across Nottinghamshire

Decrease the abuse received by young match officials on match day

Increase support offered to young match officials

Create a better environment for young referees to develop

What it is

  • All referees U18 are supplied with a purple shirt to wear on match day
  • The purple shirt is a reminder that the match officials are young and are still learning and that there is an opportunity for spectators and coaches to support them.
  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and we must ensure that the referees are being looked after and treated with respect when they are present at fixtures

What you (spectators/coaches) can do to support the campaign

  • If you see a referee in a purple shirt, recognise that they are only a child and are still learning
  • Resist the urge to shout or object to the referee’s decisions
  • Treat them as if it were your child refereeing
  • Offer the referee the respect they deserve for officiating that game
  • Leave the game to the referee and players to enjoy

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Get In Touch

Liam Brown

Football Development Officer - Referees


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