Q. How are match officials assessed?
A. The performances of all match officials are constantly monitored by way of club and match observers, match videos or DVD and footage received by the referee coaches. The emphasis is on development of referees and refereeing standards and the match assessor is asked to appraise the referee’s performance against the following competencies;
Club managers also compile a report on the Referees’ performance and all of this data helps to produce a ‘merit list’ of match officials on which appointments, retention or reclassification are based. Clubs are encouraged to provide constructive feedback on match officials and dialogue is encouraged with Professional Game Match Officials (PGMOL), the body funded by the football authorities to appoint, manage and train across all Premier League, EFL and FA competitions.
The EFL Referees’ Manager works with his group in a bid to constantly improve standards and support the development of match officials.
Q. What is Select Group 2?
A. Select Group 2 is an initiative backed by the EFL in conjunction with the FA and Premier League. It consists of 21 professional full-time referees and 35 assistant referees, officiating across the Sky Bet Championship and supporting the development of refereeing standards across the Sky Bet EFL as a whole, by providing a learning environment for all referees, ultimately aiming to improve consistency across all leagues.
This investment to support development of match officials in the EFL is part of a joint initiative adopted across English football that aims to promote honesty, integrity and positive behaviour across the game. For more information on SG2 please click here
How are match officials selected and where do I find the latest match officials appointments?
A. Appointments are made by the Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOL). You can find the latest match official appointments on our website HERE.
Q. Where can I find key competition dates for the current season?
A. There is handy ‘key dates’ page on our website that provides details of draw/round dates for the Carabao Cup, EFL Trophy and also information around the EFL Play-Off Finals and conclusion of the season. To view the key dates page click HERE.
Q. When are the TV games selected?
A. In order to assist supporters with their plans around fixtures selected for broadcast, the EFL and broadcast partners Sky Sports agreed to a minimum five week commitment for the announcement of games for TV coverage. The five week commitment is shortened to four weeks’ public notice from March 2020 and the notice period remains at three weeks for the penultimate weekend of the season.
Q. Where can I find the current list of broadcast selections?
A. You can view the up-to-date live Sky Sports TV selections for the 2019/20 season HERE. This page will be updated throughout the season as and when selections are made.
Q. How do I watch live EFL matches or see highlights?
A. For the 2019/20 season all live matches will be shown on Sky Sports, which includes 138 exclusively live Sky Bet EFL League matches, 15 matches from the Carabao Cup, including the Final and the Semi-Final and Final of the EFL Trophy.
Our highlights programme, 'EFL on Quest' provides match highlights, hosted by Colin Murray at 9pm every Saturday night. Each show features every goal from every EFL fixture and is available on Quest via Freeview, Freesat, Sky, Virgin Media and BT TV.
Alternatively iFollow offers fans in the UK and abroad the chance to live video stream available matches and access audio match commentary, behind the scenes content, newsletters, match highlights and much more. To find out if your Club offers the service and which games are available, click here.
Q. What is iFollow?
A. iFollow is a subscription service that offers fans of EFL clubs all over the world the chance to stream games live in high definition, or listen to audio commentary. To read more click here
Q. Where can I find the EFL’s International Broadcast Partners?
A. To view the rights holders for both League and Cup coverage overseas please click here.
Q. How do I report abusive behaviour?
A. If you witness any form of abusive behaviour in the stadium, whether it be directed at a player/manager or at another member of the crowd then you can report this in numerous ways.
If you feel comfortable to contact your nearest steward then we would advise this is the first step you take as they will be able to provide immediate assistance or inform senior safety officials and police. You may also wish to contact your club post-match via their contact channels.
You can report an incident to Kick it Out, via their mobile app, which can be downloaded on IOS and Android devices. They also have a web reporting form which can be found here.
Q. What is a Supporter Liaison Officer?
A. Every club in the EFL has a Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO) whose responsibility is to act as a point of contact for supporters and liaise with the club's management with regard to supporter issues.
You can find a full list of all EFL Supporter Liaison Officers on our website at here
Q. Who is the Independent Football Ombudsman?
A. The Independent Football Ombudsman (IFO) was established by the football authorities as the final stage in football’s complaints process. The IFO can check that a case has been fairly handled and that due process was followed. For any query or complaint relating to services provided by an EFL club, supporters should initially contact that club accordingly. Should a supporter remain dissatisfied they can refer the matter directly to the IFO at www.theifo.co.uk.
Q. What is Profit and Sustainability (P&S)?
A. The current set of ‘Profitability and Sustainability’ (P&S) regulations were implemented from the 2016/17 season. Their introduction aimed to deliver a consistent approach to Financial Fair Play for those clubs that move between the Premier League and Championship through promotion and relegation.
The ultimate aim of the P&S requirements, along with Salary Cost Management (SCMP) in League One and League Two are about ensuring that Clubs manage any permitted loses, and should any intervention from the EFL be required, they are supported to ensure they are on the correct trajectory in terms of projected finances.
P&S rules in the Championship are not purely a measure of overall debt but are a focus on sustainability and therefore look at reported losses within a specific period of time, over a rolling three season basis. Clubs have to adjust these losses to remain within the permitted threshold.
Our full regulations relating to Financial Fair Play and the Profit and Sustainability rules can be found on our website here.
Q. What is the Owners’ and Directors’ Test?
A. The EFL’s Owners’ and Directors’ test requirement sets out criteria for who is and who is not permitted to own a club or exercise control over it. The test requirements can be viewed here http://www.efl.com/global/appendix3.aspx.
Q. What technology do match officials use in EFL games?
A. Hawk-Eye Goal Decision System will again be in use across the EFL Championship this season following its successful implementation in 2017/18. The technology will also be used in all 12 fixtures of the EFL Play-Offs as well as in all Premier League and Championship grounds in the Carabao Cup. It will be used in both the Carabao Cup and EFL Trophy final.
Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be used in the Carabao Cup Semi-Finals and Final following the trial period which took place in 2018/19. VAR will not be implemented across the league matches or in the EFL Trophy. EFL Referees also use microphones and headsets to communicate with each other during matches.
Q. Who can I contact with proposals and ideas related to laws of the game?
A. The International Football Association Board (IFAB) is the body which determines all Laws of the Game and sanctions any law changes. You can find contact information for IFAB at: http://www.theifab.com/contact.
The FA hold a seat on the board and inputs into the impact of changes to the Laws of the game domestically. If you have any queries regarding any such on-pitch matters we would advise to contact the FA or IFAB directly.
Q. Can the EFL assist with charity requests/fundraising?
A. Due to the EFL’s official charity partnership with the mental health charity MIND, it is unable to support any additional charitable causes.
We would recommend contacting individual EFL clubs as they may well be able to support additional charitable objectives, or provide raffle prize items. You can view the list of clubs here.
You can also contact the national Mind team with any questions or requests for support via email@example.com.
Q. I’m interested in working for the EFL, where can I find information on vacancies?
A. You can find the jobs section of our website here https://www.efl.com/-more/jobs/. This includes details of any current opportunities at the EFL, along with selected vacancies at our member clubs, with details of how to apply found within each link.
Q. Can the EFL assist with student projects or research?
A. The EFL will endeavour to provide a response to specific queries, however due to the volume of requests received it is not usually possible to provide opportunities for interview. If you have any specific questions please contact us here.
Q. How do I get media accreditation for an EFL match or Final?
A. All applications for accredited journalists, photographers and broadcasters (non-rights holders) must be made via the Internet Press Booking System (i-PBS), which is accessed via the Football DataCo website, www.football-dataco.com. Single match requests should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.