U18 referee initiative

New yellow armband initiative launched to support young referees

The initiative aims to provide referees under the age of 18 with the option to signify their age.

Referees under the age of 18 across the Sheffield and Hallamshire region can now indicate their age by wearing a distinctive yellow armband.

The new initiative is a clear visual reminder to players, team officials, parents and spectators that an official wearing the armband is aged under 18 and is still subject to children’s safeguarding legislation – and should therefore be protected, encouraged and treated with respect.

The aim is to create a safe and positive environment for developing referees to ensure they stay in the game as officials for years to come.