|BAFRA - Working Football in Britain|
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Want to work football in Britain?
BAFRA extends a warm invitation to football (gridiron) officials anywhere in the world to come and officiate a game in Britain.
|When do you play?||
Most games in Britain take place on Sunday afternoons, though a few games are played on Saturdays.
|What is the standard like?||
All our teams are amateur and the standard varies enormously. At the top end, our best teams compete with the best teams in Europe - a standard that is comparable with Division III college or junior college in the US.
|What rules do you play to?||British games are played to virtually the same rules as NCAA. There are differences, but these all relate to facilities and game management aspects.|
|What mechanics do you work to?||
We use the BAFRA Mechanics Manual which is the de facto standard for mechanics outside the US and Japan. These are based on CCA manuals.
Our uniform requirements are essentially the same as CCA's.
|What level of qualification or experience do I need to work a game in Britain?||
To work a game, you need to become a member of BAFRA - this is free for the first year. You also need to pass our basic competency test - this should be fairly straight forward for an experienced official.
People with experience of working games to NCAA rules (e.g. college games in the USA, high school games in Texas, or the highest level of play in other countries) should encounter few problems.
|What do I do next?||Contact our International Liaison Officer (Keith Wickham) to discuss things. He will be able to advise on whether you have the appropriate experience, and which games might be available to you.|
|What I do need to do after that?||
Before you can go on the field, you need to:
Our International Liaison Officer will guide you through the process.