Aim:

To ensure that the pitch conforms to the rules set out by the FA.

Method:

Manual, check for:

  • Incomplete pitch markings.
  • Low visibility of pitch markings.
  • Are lines straight?

Timing:

Immediately prior to match.

Effects of Incorrect Procedure:

  • Delay to start of match to allow remedial action.
  • Match postponed by officials.
  • Controversial decision.
  • Reported to league.

Equipment:

  • Line marker.
  • Bucket, whitener & paint brush.

Practical Tips:

Should be completed as part of the pre-match inspection.