All charges are per match (or equivalent) and based on the match's category. See the BAFRA Terms and Conditions in the rulebook for an explanation of the category code system.
|Category||Officials' Fees (Qualified)||Officials' Fees (Associate)||BAFRA Admin Fee|
SL, SP, SI, SF,|
UL, UP, UI, UF,
AL, AP, AI, AF,
OL, OP, OI, OF
|£50 per person||£30 per person||£75*|
|YL, YP, YI, YF||£50 per person||£30 per person||£50.00*|
FL, FP, FI, FF|
All 5 vs. 5 of any category
All 7 vs. 7 of any category
|£50 per person||£30 per person||£50.00*|
* The administration fee is waived for one of the games in a double-header (i.e. two games at the same venue). Where the admin fees for the two games are different, the lower fee will be waived.
For games off the British mainland (e.g. Channel Islands) or elsewhere where the officials will be subjected to long journeys, special rates are subject to negotiation. This is denoted by the suffix S after the category code (e.g. SL-S).
Where officials are required for a multi-game tournament, a fee will be agreed that will reflect an official's time commitment pro rata to that for a normal single game (i.e. 2 1/2 -3 hours). Normally, only a single admin fee will be charged regardless of the number of games at a single location.
Officials' travel expenses will be paid by BAFRA based on a claim on the game report form sent in by the Referee. This will be paid in accordance with the BAFRA Expenses Policy.
Games organised by Game Management that is not associated with a recognised BAFA organisation are not given Category A status.
The above fees and expenses apply to games on or after 1st April 2022.
The normal number of officials assigned to a team is set according to the team's league/division. If Game Management or league asks for additional officials above the normal number on a crew they are charged pro rata.
|League / Division||Regular season games||Playoff games||Bowl games|
|BAFA NL Premier||5||5||8|
|BAFA NL Other||4||5||8|
|BAFA Junior Contact||4||5||8|
|BAFA 7 vs. 7 Contact - per field||3||4||5|
|BAFA 5-5 Contact - per field||2||3||4|
|BAFA Flag (senior, youth, junior, cadet) - per field||2||3||4|
The size of crews assigned for International category fixtures will normally be at least the same size as for a corresponding playoff game but may be larger according to the importance of the game.
Where a league or playoff game is designated as an "elite" game, Game Management will only be charged for the normal number of officials for the game – BAFRA will pay the excess.
All teams are currently in guarantee category Gamma - i.e. no guarantee. See the Terms and Conditions in the rulebook if you need an explanation of this.
|Number of Games >||2||3||4+|
|Per Official Fee >||£50.00||£67.00||£83.00|
|Regular Season||Playoff games||Bowl games|
|5 vs. 5||2||3||4|
|7 vs. 7||3||4||5|