It is a Football Canterbury requirement for clubs to provide a ground official for each of their home grounds upon which a match is being played.
From 2023 onwards the club has changed the format of how the Ground Official volunteers are assigned.
Each Balmain HOME team MUST provide ONE volunteer for EVERY HOME game they play, regardless of the ground they play on. From 2023, your team MUST provide a Ground Official (GO) for your own game. If you are the HOME team on another club’s field, you MUST provide a GO for your game.
Teams short on players/officials/spectators should try to organise with another BDFC team playing prior/after to provide a GO if possible, otherwise they must find a volunteer themselves. Teams playing on BDFC fields as the AWAY team MUST also provide a GO fpr their game – including local derbies.
Ground officials are required to:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be available 10 minutes before the game commences, wearing the orange Ground Official vest (included in Team Kit bag)
- Make themselves known to the Referee before the start of the match
- Ensure that spectators stay behind ropes and fences and do not enter the field of play
- Ensure that the area behind the goal is kept clear at all times
- Ensure no person, including coaches and managers, enter field of play until signalled by the referee
- Assist the referee as requested at any time
- Enforce NO SMOKING/NO VAPING on or near fields
- Enforce NO ALCOHOL zones
- Ensure alcohol is not consumed in the vicinity of playing fields until AFTER the completion of the LAST match of the day.
- Remind last team of the day that they MUST help pack down the field
There are times when the unfortunate occurs and there is a fight which becomes physical – if you can assist in helping stop the fight, great, but at no stage should any BDFC official get themselves in harm’s way by getting in the middle of a physical fight.
It is however, very important that the BDFC volunteer / official takes a detailed summary of the incident including recording player numbers and the sequence of events. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT as the association will require the club to make a written statement in due course. The report needs to be recorded in the match day folder situated at the canteen. BDFC staff will be able to provide assistance if required. The club’s General Manager must also be notified immediately on 0432 813 499
Frequently asked Questions:
What happens if you are the last game of the day?
You will need to provide a volunteer for your own game.
What happens if you are playing a HOME game AWAY FROM HOME or ANY game at a NEUTRAL GROUND?
If you are playing a home game at an away ground, or you are playing any game at a neutral ground (i.e. the ground is not the home ground for either team), then you are required to provide one GO volunteer for your game. This also applies to mid-week (evening/night) games at away or neutral fields.
What happens if you are playing an AWAY game at a BDFC ground?
If you are playing an away game at a BDFC home ground, then your team needs to provide a GO volunteer for your game. This includes club derby games.
What happens if you are playing a mid-week night game at a BDFC ground?
If you are playing a mid-week night game at a BDFC home ground, you’re required to provide one GO volunteer for your game.
Do I only need to provide a GO for my own team’s games?
Yes, unless you come to an greement with a BDFC team playing before or after you to supply a GO for them and vice versa. In any event, you are responsible for providing/resourcing a GO for your own game.
The price of not attending:
If a team fails to provide a Ground Official, CDSFA levy a fine of $110 (equivalent to a forfeit fee) for the first offence as a club. This will be passed on to the team, and all player cards will be deactivated until this is paid. Subsequent offences by the club will incur a fine of $220 per team. To summarise:
- The referee may not allow play to start
- The HOME team can be fined $110 by Football Canterbury for each match this occurs (in the first instance)
- The fine levied by FC to the cub for second and subsequent instances is $220. This is per INSTANCE, not per TEAM
- All fines issued to teams or players are passed onto and payable by the team/player responsible
- Where issues with the game lead to judiciary proceedings, the absence of a ground official is a distinct disadvantage.