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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of and apply laws of the game to effectively officiate a football game 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264494  Demonstrate knowledge of and apply laws of the game to effectively officiate a football game 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Sport, Recreation & Fitness 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Sport 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for learners who participate as referees to control and manage a football game and the players where the acquisition of competence against this unit standard will add value to one's job and capabilities and an insight into the laws of the game and the mechanics of officiating football.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the purpose and philosophy of officiating a football game.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the field of play.
  • Planning and preparing for the game.
  • Applying the powers and duties of a referee to control the match.
  • Using proper football mechanics to officiate the football game.
  • Reporting on the proceedings of the game. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Laws of the game refer to all laws as set out by FIFA from level 1-7. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the purpose and philosophy of officiating a football game. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An understanding of the origin and history of a football game is demonstrated in relation to the international and South African contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose and philosophy of officiating a football game is explained within the context of the roles and responsibilities of an umpiring a football game. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The roles and responsibilities of a referee are identified and explained in terms of the football laws. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Laws governing the football game are explained in terms of their levels according to international standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Techniques to control the game are applied in terms of the FIFA guidelines. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Techniques refer to but are not limited to positioning, movement and visualisation.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the field of play. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The field of play is described in terms of its nature and characteristics. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Nature and characteristics refer to but are not limited to the field surface, dimensions, the goal area, the penalty area, field markings, corner arc and flagposts.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The field of play is described in terms of its measurements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Measurements refer to metric or imperial measurements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Equipment used by the players are identified and checked for compliance in terms of laws of the game. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Plan and prepare for the game. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of mental and physical preparation is explained within context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The implications for not using the correct kit that identifies a referee is are explained in term of applicable regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Equipment relevant for a football game is checked for correctness using a checklist. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment refer to but is not limited a whistle, linemen's flags and football ball and kit (jersey, socks,shoes).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The significance of performing pregame, during game and postgame procedures is explained in terms of officiating responsibilities. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply the powers and duties of a referee to control the match. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The powers and duties of a referee are identified and explained in terms of the laws of the game. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Preliminaries relating to the starting and restarting the play are explained in terms of the laws of the game. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The duration of the match is explained in terms of periods of the play and competition rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Fouls and misconduct by players are identified and described in order to justify a decision on penalty. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Decisions are effected in accordance with the rules of the competition. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Use proper football mechanics to officiate the football game. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different types of mechanics used in football are identified and described in terms of football rules. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Different types of mechanics refer to but are not limited to dual-system mechanics, diagonal system mechanics and double-dual system mechanics.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Types of free kicks are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effective use of officiating signals when officiating a football game is demonstrated with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Time is kept reflecting on different times of a match (injury time, referee time and official time) in terms of timekeeping requirements to control the football game. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Reporting on the proceedings of the game. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An understanding of the international score sheet is described in terms of its features. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A report is compiled in terms of standard form used in the sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Documents are completed correctly and handed over to statics office and media. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standard as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners should have a knowledge and understanding of:
  • Game laws, rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Health and Safety.
  • Report writing.
  • Time management. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems relating to players by applying common sense and approaches to manage the situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a work team to control the game. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Planning, organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively to ensure own safety and that of others and use a checklist to coordinate the activities with the organisers of the game. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information relating to the details of game itself, players and other important information to level the playing field. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using language skills in the form of oral and non-verbal communication to give vocal instructions and non-vocal instructions by means of a whistle to control the game as well as presenting information to the association. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and others by applying safety standards as required by the football laws. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation by consulting with the laws as prescribed by FIFA to ensure compliance. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Integrated Assessment:

    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the unit standards being assessed. Assessors must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge by developing assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment. It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together in an integrated way, thus reducing the overall number of assessments and ensuring that commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    Assessment Option:

    Learners could be assessed using the following methods:
  • Oral or written questions.
  • Discussions.
  • Multimedia presentations.
  • Observation.
  • Simulation.
  • Role-plays. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  66809   Further Education and Training Certificate: Sport Technical Officiating  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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