Purple Shirts

Purple Shirt Campaign


Referees under the age of 18 in Jersey will be provided with a purple shirt from the Jersey FA to wear on match days when officiating in the Combination League.



  • To increase the retention of young referees in Jersey
  • Decrease the abuse received by young match officials on match day
  • Increase support offered to young match officials
  • Create a better environment for young referees to develop

What it is

  • All referees U18 are supplied with a purple shirt to wear on match day
  • The purple shirt is a reminder that the match officials are young and are still learning and that there is an opportunity for spectators and coaches to support them.
  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and we must ensure that the referees are being looked after and treated with respect when they are present at fixtures

What you (spectators/coaches) can do to support the campaign

  • If you see a referee in a purple shirt, recognise that they are only a child and are still learning
  • Resist the urge to shout or object to the referee’s decisions
  • Treat them as if it were your child refereeing
  • Offer the referee the respect they deserve for officiating that game
  • Leave the game to the referee and players to enjoy

Get In Touch

Brian Oliver

Football Development Manager

E: brian.oliver@jerseyfa.com

T: 07797 752215