The Association of Spartan South Midlands Football League Match Officials (“ASSMFLMO”) was founded in 1986 to promote the interests and welfare of referees officiating on one of the finest Feeder Leagues in the country. It provides a voice for 250-plus match officials drawn from eleven counties and geographical divisions.

Every member, from the most experienced to the newest trainee, has an equal say in the running of its affairs. Members are encouraged to raise any issues or concerns, whilst developing strong relationships with officers of the league, assessors and refereeing departments both at the county and national levels.

The Association holds regular meetings with keynote speakers, runs this active website, promotes professionalism amongst members (including encouraging all members to wear League ties and badges), and awards trophies to clubs whose sportsmanship and hospitality make refereeing a more satisfying experience. Outstanding achievement amongst members is also recognized.


Use the online membership form to join the ASSMFLMO or renew your membership. Alternatively, you can download the latest membership form and pay by electronic bank transfer or cheque. All the details of how to do it are included on the form.

Spartan South Midlands League newsletter – Close Season 2017

Hope you are enjoying a good rest, the fine weather, not getting wound up about the political situation or England’s less than average performances against Scotland and France. Still, perhaps the Lions rugby team can do a lot better.

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2017 Fitness assessments

The League’s fitness assessment is open to all Spartan South Midlands match officials. The following dates have been arranged for the fitness assessments during this coming summer. Please let us know where you intend to take the test, and at which venue.
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Spartan South Midlands League newsletter – January 2017


Now that we are into a new year, a chance to look forward and to take stock of how things are going.  Below are some key messages for you. Please take note and take action as we move into 2017.
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Spartan South Midlands League newsletter – November 2016


Now that we are well into the season, a chance to draw breath and take stock of how things are going. Listed below are some key messages for you. Please take note of and apply them as we move into November.

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The Annual Carl Couzens’ Memorial Quiz Night

In aid of Asthma UKAsthma UK

For those that did not know Carl, he was a very well-loved and respected local football referee and badminton player and umpire who died suddenly following a severe asthma attack in June 2008 at the young age of 36.

The Quiz Night is on Saturday 22nd October 2016

at The Canary Club,

Hitchin Town Football Club, Fishponds Road, Hitchin, SG5 1NU

7.15pm for 7.45pm start.

There will be lots of prizes to be won on the night including spot prizes for which you will need to have absolutely no knowledge whatsoever!!

There is also a Raffle with excellent prizes too!

Teams of up to 8 persons, cost is just £5 per team member.

There is a cheap bar but please bring-your-own picnic.

If you can’t get a full team up, come along anyway; we will be able to find you a team on the night.

To Book your places NOW please contact:

John Burlison, either by email at j.burlison@outlook.com or quizzesforcharity@outlook.com

Or phone on 01767 680974

There is a limit on the number of teams we can accommodate so please book early to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to hearing from you soon

Summary of changes to the Laws of the Game

The IFAB has released a summary of the changes to the Laws of the Game 2016/17 for players and coaches, and other interested parties.

An electronic version of the Laws of the Game 2016/17 can be downloaded from the IFAB Website.

All Law changes are effective from 1 June 2016.