SFAR Edinburgh and District Annual Dinner

We’re delighted to announce that our annual awards dinner dance will take place on the 10th September at the Village Hotel in Edinburgh.

This is the highlight of the EDRA social calendar, where we can gather as an association with friends and family to celebrate what has been a terrific season for our members. We’ve been fortunate enough to have members officiate in some of the biggest matches in the footballing calendar this year, so there is sure to be lots to celebrate on the night!

Tickets are priced at £40pp, or £60 per ‘couple’*, and include the following:
Glass of fizz on arrival
3 course meal
DJ for dancing into the evening

Buy your tickets now by emailing the Secretary at Secretary.edra@gmail.com
*couple discount applies to member and non member guest or two non member guests.

Shortlist for Referee’s Referee of the Year (the winner will be voted for on the evening) –
Alex Shepherd
Daniel Graves
Peter Stuart
Vikki Allan

New Years Message from Association Management and President & 2021 Highlights

Well we made it… who thought after 2020 that 2021 could hold even more in store for us. What has been another unpredictable year with football having to stop right at the beginning of the year, we did finally see a return to games and also to spectators in attendance. Even through it all it has been another fantastic year for EDRA officials. Below is an end of year message from our Association Management team and also our President George Calder. Throughout today we have been sharing our 2021 highlights across social media, however they have also been rounded up together at the bottom of this post. Wishing our members and their families a healthy, happy and safe 2022.

George Calder, President
With 2021 coming to an end, it’s certainly been a year to remember. I want to extend my thanks to all members for your continued efforts and contribution to the association throughout the year. I sincerely hope you and your families have a fantastic Hogmanay and a very prosperous 2022.

Martin Clark & Mark Doyle, Association Manager/Assistant Association Manager
A whirlwind year has passed with once again the pandemic occupying our minds. A virtual shutdown at the start of the year eventually saw the majority of us returning to training and referee activities, lets hope that despite the ever increasing threat of omicron that the advances made in vaccine protection and testing will allow us to
continue at the start of the year.

Despite the challenges the Association finds itself in good health. The activity of the Referee Instruction Team, superbly led by Danny Graves has seen not only our numbers increase but the syllabus streamlined and the course more interactive than ever.

Our Development Team have also returned to support our development referees at all levels. Their guidance and experience I am sure has been gratefully received and certainly the feedback on our development referees performances is extremely promising for the years to come. Next year we shall have more practical sessions and thanks to Michael Banks for his support and enthusiasm that he brought to planning these events.

Training is a key activity for the association and I would encourage anybody who has not attended this year to please set this as a new year’s resolution. You will be warmly welcomed along to the ORIAM no matter what stage you are at in your referee career. It therefore is only right to say a huge thanks to Jimmy and Lee who lead us week in week out as well to Olma for her support as well. It would also be remiss not to say thank you to Nicole Palmer who after a number of years as the Association’s physio stepped down from her role.

In regards to meetings unfortunately these have remained online through the Zoom functionality, we do hope to return to in person meetings in 2022 but will be led by government/ORIAM guidance on numbers. If you are yet to attend one of our meetings can we encourage you to attend, the coaching slot which is the main part of these meetings is invaluable for all officials development.

I would like to thank the Management Committee for all of their work and support throughout the year under the leadership of George and Vikki our President and Vice President who have guided us in the most challenging of circumstances.

The Association is however only as strong as its members and therefore it is to each and every one of you that I would like to thank, not only for your perseverance throughout the pandemic but the professionalism and dedication that you have shown since the return to football many of whom who returned to refereeing after a protracted period of time. The shouts may be the same but without you football at all levels in our area simply could not take place.

I therefore wish you all the best for the year ahead and as the games come thick and fast as the season progresses I hope that the goals, ambitions and targets you set will be realised

Happy New Year

2021 Highlights Roundup:
An hour with George – 355km in 24 hours and £2500 for Blood Bikes Scotland
A 24 hour challenge created by Calum Doyle started at 4pm on 15th June which is when former Honorary President George Smith’s World Cup match at Italia 90 began! This was in memory of our Honorary President and raised over £2500 for Blood Bikes Scotland with members cover 355km in 24 hours!

In November some of our Development Referees took part in Movember. While there was definitely some criminal looking moustaches, what they raised for charity definitely wasn’t! Well done to all who raised a fantastic £400!

Annual Quiz
It was great to see our annual quiz return in 2021 after COVID obviously stopped this in 2020. It was an amazing turnout as always, congratulations to Team Duncan who won on the night. We will confirm the final amount raised in early 2022 as we plan to present Scotlands Children’s Charity with the cheque.

Gavin Ross Retirement
Gavin Ross who had been on the Senior List since 2008 and Cat 1 since 2014 retired at the end of the 20/21 season. In October we presented Gavin with a token from the Association to mark his retirement. We thank Gavin for his service while on the list, however look forward to continuing to work with him through coaching our development officials.

Calum Murray Observer
In 2021 Calum Murray was appointed as an UEFA Observer. He received his first of many appointments we are sure in October to an U19 tournament in Czech Republic.

International Appointments – Gavin Duncan, David Doig & Vikki Allan
We are very fortunate that three of our officials received international appointments over the course of 2021! These were at European Conference League, UEFA U21, Women’s Champions League and Women’s World Cup Qualifiers. Congratulations to Gavin Duncan, David Doig and Vikki Allan again.

UEFA CORE is a programme where potential European international referees are given early experience and training at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon. We are very excited to confirm that Craig Ferguson has been selected as an AR candidate for next years cohort. We wish Craig the best of luck during this course.

Return of Futsal in September after COVID stopped in March 2020
After what we are all aware happened in 2020, we finally saw the return of Futsal in September 2021 after having to stop in March 2020. It was great to see our Futsal Officials return to action! Did you know that any qualified SFA Referee can take part in a short course which would add a Futsal Qualification to your records? If you are interested get in touch and we will look to run a conversion course in 2021.

Two classes on Zoom
This year we had two fantastic Referee Classes which were very well attended. The first was back in February over Zoom and the second in August which was attended in person as restrictions eased. We had an amazing 50 new referees pass the course and can’t wait to see where their refereeing journey takes them. Our next class will begin on 6th February, should you be interested please see the following link to register interest – https://www.scottishfa.co.uk/scottish-fa/referees/referee-associations/edinburgh/

Regional Training Days EDRA members attended
In May and November the Scottish FA held their Regional Training Days via Zoom. It was great to see so many EDRA members in attendance in which we had 105 online across the two sessions.

Lockdown Training Challenges from Jimmy
As we went into another lockdown in 2021, training obviously had to go back online. Our trainer Jimmy and President George Calder created online challenges for our members to keep fit over the lockdown. It was great for members to send in some clips and share these across our channels!

Observer Appointments at League Cup Semi Final and Final
For the 20/21 League Cup we were very fortunate to have Mark Doyle appointed as AR Observer to the Semi Final and Stewart Shearer as AR Observer in the Final.

We were delighted to have had a number of promotions during 2021, well done to all below:
Stewart Luke-Cat1
George Calder & Iain Snedden-Cat 1D
Daniel Graves & Ryan Lee  – Cat 2
Mikey Dixon, Abdul Ezz, Lewis Hogarth, Steven King, Jack Leslie, Ewan Pow and Andrew Simmonds – Cat 4D

Number of Sub/Stoppages 21/22 (updated 31/05/22)

Latest file from 21/05/22, please always check on extranet for latest file under Competitions rules/Substitutions

The Referee Operations Department have created the attached table showing the current position (21/05/22) in relation to both the number of substitutes / stoppages allowed for “normal” substitutes and also a list of which competitions are using the Concussion substitutes in 2021-2022. We will try to keep this up to date in line but please always refer to the extranet prior to matches to confirm this is still the up to date table.

With regard to Concussion substitutes please ensure you fully understand the process and the reporting mechanisms in place for the extranet (a drop down option should be available when reporting subs – normal or concussion). Only choose “Concussion” for the player that actually was concussed – all other subs are “normal”.

Full information on the IFAB process and the process to follow during a match can be found in the following link to the IFAB (Protocol B) – note NO return substitutes are allowed under our protocol:


Substitutes by Competition 2021-2022 @ 21 May 221

A Message from Martin Clark – Nicole Palmer

Message from Martin

It was with regret that our physiotherapist (Nicole Palmer) decided to retire from attending our weekly training sessions. However, I think it only appropriate to officially record my appreciation for the professional guidance and assistance she has afforded to a number of our members over the years she has been with us.

Nicole will undoubtedly be missed by us, albeit it is comforting to know that she is to remain working with the referee department and attending various training events and fitness tests. Consequently, she will still come into contact with those on the senior list.

Notwithstanding, I am confident the members will join me in wishing Nicole continued success, both in her personal life and professional career going forward.

Association Manager

An Hour with George…

An hour with George…

Sadly in 2019 our first and only Honorary Life President George Smith passed away. George had an unprecedented career which spanned over a remarkable 58 years where he served both as a referee and later as a Referee Observer.

It was the intention of the management committee to raise money at our Annual Dinner in 2020 for Blood bike Scotland which was a charity close to George and his family, unfortunately due to COVID the dinner was postponed. We would still like to raise money for this charity and therefore would like to encourage members to take part in “An Hour with George”.

As an Association we wanted to do a 24 hour charity event, which we would ask each participant to do an hour of running, walking or cycling at a designated time slot (these could be early in the early hours of the morning).

This will start on Tuesday 15th June at 16.00 which is exactly 31 years to the date and time of George’s World Cup Match at Italia 90 between Austria vs Czechoslovakia. with the aim to finish on Wednesday 16th.

If you would like to take part please email Calum Doyle or send us a message through our Facebook/Twitter with your email address.

If you would like to support by donating please see following link – www.justgiving.com/fundraising/edra

New Years Message from Association Management and President

2020 a year which none of us could have predicted, it has been tough within the game and especially on our personal lives. At times many of us have felt deflated, however there were still positives to take away as an Association. Below Association Management and our President have written some words on this unprecedented year:

George Calder, EDRA President
Dear members

It goes without saying that it was been a somewhat indifferent year for everyone. It will no doubt have effected some more than others on both a personal and professional level, however it’s difficult to comprehend a pandemic that would have affected the footballing family the way this has. That said, there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel with a vaccination in circulation and the hope that football, with fans will return at all levels sooner rather than later.

As an association, we have endeavoured to keep everyone engaged and updated the best we could. Massive challenges have been faced and that was just with getting to grips with technology, which like most was certainly new ground for me and probably the majority of others. We have managed to adapt and overcome, and undoubtedly will benefit going forward to tap into that wider audience.

Despite the difficult year, there has been a stand out achievement with the appointment of Mr Graeme Leslie to the Scottish Cup final. A fantastic achievement and one which will remain in the memories of Graeme and his family for years to come, well done.

Personally I would like to wish all members and your families a prosperous 2021

Please stay safe and have a fabulous Hogmanay.

Kind regards

George Calder
EDRA President

Martin Clark, Mark Doyle & Calum Murray
Association Manager, Assistant Association Manager and Referee Committee Representative

As we reach the end of a calendar year, It has been the norm to make comment regarding the highlights achieved during the 12 months we are about to leave behind.

Prior to doing so, we are confident you will agree that it’s been a period we won’t forget and one we will all be delighted to see behind us.

However, even when faced with adversity endured, it is said one should look for the positives that have occurred to assist with our resilience and help drive us forward.

During the year much of our activity went online be it hosting Association Meetings, the New Entrants Referee class, holding zoom fitness sessions in Jimmy Ramage’s back garden to the amazing turnout at the two Category- Regional Training Days for our category 4-7 referees which saw a record attendance from the Association

With that in mind, it is worth noting that a number of officials received promotion in May, indeed one of the most successful years for the EDRA in that regard, and certainly under my tenure as Association Manager.

A number of our referees were accepted on the SCORE programme, thus continuing the pattern of success set by their EDRA colleagues in previous seasons.

Vikki Allan retained her position on the FIFA list, aptly demonstrating that even if times are difficult, hard work can bring rewards. Vikki has also made the first step towards achieving her goal in terms of operating at a similar level on the domestic scene by securing promotion to Cat4D.

It would be remiss of us if we did not make special mention of Graeme Leslie, who was appointed as one of the SAR’s to the 2019/20 Scottish Cup Final, during which he performed exceptionally well and assisted in maintaining, not only his high personal standard but also that of the reputation of this Association.
Thank you Graeme

We wish all members continued success and wish them and their respective loved ones a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2021.

Martin Clark, Mark Doyle and Calum Murray
Association Manager, Assistant Association Manager and Referee Committee Representative

Thank you to all our members for your patience and professionalism this year, while it may not have been the year we all expected hopefully there will be more football next year and potentially some normality. Happy New Year to our members and your families we wish you a happy, healthy and safe 2021.

Note for officials in SERYFA – Newcraighall Leith Vics

A reminder to officials:
We have been approached by the SERYFA and had a request regarding a player who requires to wear a cap when playing due to eyesight impairment. Allan Archibald should also be mentioning this to officials but we would like to ask referees in this league to please allow this one player to wear the cap as to not stop them playing the game.

The Management Committee have discussed this at length and agree that the player will be allowed to wear this. The league are aware why this rule is in the Laws of the Game and have accepted the risks that may come with this. No other players will be allowed to wear caps and will follow as per the Laws of the Game. The team this applies to is Newcraighall Leith Vics 2007. Any questions please contact Secretary.

Two successful candidates enter the SCORE 20 Programme!

Congratulations to Alex Shepherd and Mark Harris who have been successful on their applications to the SCORE 20 programme!

The Scottish Centre of Refereeing Excellence (SCORE) is a programme ran by the Scottish FA Referee Operations department in collaboration with Heriot Watt University. It helps to identify and develop talented referees and assistant referees through intensive coaching, observation and training. It has provided the officials with opportunities to obtain one to one coaching and training from experienced coaches. Aside from the refereeing benefits, it will also expose the officials to a number of academic topics which will help them manage and deliver their matches successfully.

Martin Clark had the following to say:
I am confident that the members will join with me in offering their congratulations to both Alex Shepherd and Mark Harris in having secured a place as one of 9 for the 2020 SCORE programme.

The inclusion of both Alex and Mark has ensured that the EDRA are yet again well represented on this prestigious programme. This latest success for Alex and Mark replicates the fortunes of a long list of their colleagues who have successfully completed the SCORE programme.

Exciting times ahead for them both, and it is hoped that their success will be sufficient inspiration for others to want to follow in their footsteps.

Congratulations gentlemen.


Martin Clark
Association Manager

Regional Training Day 2020

Hi everybody,

Martin and I would like to remind and encourage you to attend the forthcoming Regional Training Day for categories 4, 4Dev, 5, 6 and 7 which shall be held on Saturday 16th May online between 10am-12 noon.

Normally we would be holding this at The Oriam as one of the showpiece training events of the year however circumstances dictate otherwise but this should not deter us!!

Football will return and we will still need to be prepared as possibly as we can be so the Training Day will have its usual emphasis on coaching with the use of clips and discussion groups being led by some of the country’s top officials.

No doubt by now you are an expert on Zoom etc so I hope you will find the session both interactive and informative.

Many of you may not have attended a training day before or thought it was not for you but this is a great way to get involved; after all we all love refereeing, we are always learning and unlike other years when we may not have been available due to games we can hopefully attend so why not give it a go?

If you have not already intimated your attendance I would be grateful if you could come back to Martin and I as soon as possible and as always if anybody has any questions please get in touch

I look forward to hearing from you and joining you virtually on the 16th

Mark and Martin