Established in 1990, the South East Counties Women's Football League provides competitive football leagues for Kent, Surrey and Sussex as part of the Football League's pyramid system.
  • History
  • Officers
  • Referees
  • Marking Referees
  • Structure
  • Matchday Admin

The South East Counties Women's Football League was instituted in 1990. It originated from the Sussex Martlet Women's League which was founded by Norma Witherden in 1969 and comprised just half a dozen Sussex clubs. The Womens Football Association, which up until 1993 governed women's football, also came into being in 1969.
During the 1980s it became apparent that a number of Kent and Surrey clubs wished to join the Sussex Martlet League following the demise of the Kent League, and for rural Surrey the only other option was to join the Greater London League, with the resultant problems with travel.
In 1989, the Women's Football Association, in order to have a greater chance of obtaining grants from the Sports Council, thought it appropriate to divide the country into ten Regions with the same boundaries as that organisation. One of those regions was to comprise the counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. With as many teams in the Sussex Martlet League coming from outside Sussex, it was decided to form the South East Counties League the following year. There were about 20 clubs at that time.
Since then, the League has expanded to the current figure of about 50 teams. The FA took over the running of women's football in 1993 and quickly introduced age banding so players must have attained their 14th birthday by 31st August in any year to be eligible to play the following season. In the old days, players as young as 10 or 11 were permitted to play in the adult league.
Following the formation of the Combination Leagues in 1997, the SECWFL became part of the FA pyramidal system for promotion/relegation purposes, and together with the Greater London and Eastern Leagues has promoted its Champion club to the South East Combination League via a play-off system.
From season 2005/06 promotion was automatic to the London & South East Regional League who in turn promote automatically to the South East Combination.

League Chairman

Angela Bennett,

23 Eley Crescent, Rottingdean, Brighton. BN2 7FE

Tel: 01273 302661 (not after 9pm)
Vice Chairman

Gavin Hoare 75 Lilac Road, Rochester, Kent, ME2 2LF

H: 01634 726111       M: 07941 800032                             E:

League Secretary
Greg Petts,

7 Gregory Close, Sittingbourne, Kent. ME10 2UD

Tel: 01795 474275 or 07932 465237

(No Calls before 9:30 am or After 9:30pm on Landline ) 

Charter Standard 


Julie Hoare,  75 Lilac Road, Rochester, Kent, ME2 2LF

H: 01634 726111                                                                E:

Alan Gardiner,

4 Oakhurst, 30 Somers Road, Reigate, Surrey. RH2 9DZ

Tel: 01737 249085
Registrations Secretary

Paula Petts, 7 Gregory Close, Sittingbourne, Kent. ME10 2UD

H: 01795 474275                                                       E:

No Calls before 9:30 am or After 9:30pm on Landline

Referees Appointments

Angela Bennett,

23 Eley Crescent, Rottingdean, Brighton. BN2 7FE

Tel: 01273 302661 (not after 9pm)
Referees Secretary

Jenny Pearson,

2 Lysander Road, West Malling, Kent. ME19 6TT

Tel: 01732 872761
Fixtures Secretary

Greg Petts,

7 Gregory Close, Sittingbourne, Kent. ME10 2UD

Tel: 01795 474275 or 07932 465237

(No Calls before 9:30 am or After 9:30pm on Landline )

Phone results through to Greg Petts on 01795 474275 within 2hrs of final whistle
Committee Members

Peter Hickman,  Tel: 01444 257822
Liz Symons,       Tel: 07903 127256
Barrie Ivens,      Tel: 01732 843663

Amy Phillips      Tel: 07980 651987


Adam Aylward

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Gary Casciani, 59 Beechcroft Avenue, Barnehurst, Kent. DA7 6QR


Ben Conlon, Woodacre, Mersham, Ashford, TN25 7JB

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Dave Fuller, 14 Greenbank Close, Hempstead, Kent. ME7 3SG

01634-306346 mob 07551090503

Trevor Hawkins, 29 Bobbing Hill, Bobbing, Nr. Sittingbourne, ME9 8NY

John Hayes, 52 Pine Grove, Hempstead, Kent. ME7 3QP

Gavin Hoare,75 Lilac Road, Rochester, Kent, ME2 2LF

H: 01634 726111 M: 07941 800032

Graham Hutchison, 87 Friars Way, Dover, Kent. CT16 2DN

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Juliette Joseph, Beckenham, Kent. BR3 4LQ

07721 491024

Mick Kent, 26 Middletune Avenue, Milton Regis, Sittingbourne. ME10 2JB

mob 07931-693197

John McGuire, 62 Amberley Road, Abbey Wood, London SE2 OSF


Geoff Moody, 12 Bull Lane, Newington, Sittingbourne, ME9 7LJ

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Terry Pepper, 56 Viburnum Close, Godinton Park, Ashford, TN23 3LD

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Scott Petts, 7 Gregory Close, Sittingbourne, Kent. ME10 2UD

07875 812181

Martin Powell, 93 Hope Avenue, Hadlow, Kent. TN11 OHE

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John Proctor, 193 Bredhurst Road, Wigmore, Gillingham, Kent. ME8 OQX

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Chris Robins, 3 Underwood Close, Kennington, Ashford, Kent, TN24 9LT,

07590 032874

Tony Sanders 51 Clarence road. Chatham. Kent. ME4 5EH

01634 300943 07817369061

Ian Stride, Twinney Lodge, Susans Lane, Upchurch, Kent. ME9 7HA


Paul Harney, Brackley, 29 Orchard Way, Reigate, Surrey. RH2 8DS

Dave Hogan, 6 Bower Hill Close, South Nutfield, Redhill, Surrey. RH1 5NQ

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Martin Read, 1 Little Orchard, Woodham, Weybridge, Surrey. KT15 3ED

Bernard Shelley, Blue Cedars, Holloway Hill, Lyne, Surrey. KT16 OAE

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Chris Ahern, “Eventide”, New Road, Ridgewood, Uckfield, TN22 6TF

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Paul Barratt, 7 June Meadows, June Lane, Midhurst, GU29 9ER

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Bob Bamblett, Flat 4, West Parade, Bexhill-on-Sea, E.Sx. TN39 3HR

01424-734550 mob 07729-630310

Lisa Benn 326 Coast Road, Pevensey Bay, Sussex, BN24 6NU

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Angela Bennett, 23 Eley Crescent, Rottingdean, E.Sussex. BN2 7FE

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Mervyn Coomber, 4 Broomfields, South Chailey, East Sussex. BN8 4AG

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Paul Farmer, 36 Keld Avenue, Uckfield, TN22 5BW

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Adrian Hudson, 53 Morris Drive, Billingshurst, W.Sussex. RH14 9ST

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Paul Jeffery, 40 Overhill Gardens, Patcham, Brighton, BN1 8ND

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Mark Lidbetter, 22 Elms Drive, Lancing, BN15 9LJ

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Peter Lindsey, 25 Westfield Road, Eastbourne, E.Sussex. BN21 2QT

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Dominic Lyons, 184 Old Malling Way, Lewes, BN7 2EF

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Gary Manville-Dickens, 3 Birdham Place, Birdham Road, Brighton. BN2 4RZ

Robin Ready, 122 Slonk Hill Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 6HY

Nigel Robinson, 5 Hawkhurst Place, Hawkhurst Road, Brighton, Sussex, BN1 9EX

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Paul Rowe, 83 Slonk Hill Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, W.Sussex. BN43 6HY

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John Sands, 53 Malvern Way, Hastings, East Sussex. TN34 3PS

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Rajab Seruwagi, Flat 3, Queens Court, 45 Queens Road, East Grinstead, WSx. RH19 1BG 0773 771 4930

Ricky Tate, 27 Lazonby Court, Cumberland Gardens, St.Leonards. TN38 OPQ

Barry Thomas 22 Green Park Corner, Wivelsfield Green, Sussex, RH17 7QQ

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Chris White, 121A South Farm Road, Worthing. BN14 7AX

01903-207464 mob 07903814422

John Wilkins, 40 Red Admiral Street, Horsham, RH12 5YJ98

01403-267612 mob 07800 748633


Football Association Guidelines for the Marking of Referees by Clubs

Mark Range


100 - 86

The referee demonstrated very accurate decision-making and controlled the game very well using management and communication skills effectively to add value to the game

85 - 76

The referee demonstrated accurate decision-making and controlled the game well using management and communication skills to contribute positively to the game

75 - 61

The referee demonstrated reasonably accurate decision-making and despite some short comings generally controlled the game well

60 and below

The referee demonstrated shortcomings in the accuracy of decision-making and control which affected the game.

Club officials should use the full range of marks within each category to help distinguish between different performance levels e.g. within the 85-76 category a mark of 84 indicates a better performance than a mark of 77.

Whilst some referees may have poor matches there will usually have been some positive aspects of their performance so extremely low marks should be very rare.

When club officials are marking a referee they should always look at the game as a whole and not isolated decisions. The result of the match should not influence the mark and disciplinary action should be judged objectively.

When a mark of 60 or lower is awarded an explanation must be provided to the competition using the box provided on the form. The purpose of this explanation is to assist referees to improve their performance levels so the comments should be as helpful as possible.

How to Decide on the Referee’s Mark

The following questions focus on the key areas of a referee’s performance. They are intended as an “aide memoire”, are not necessarily comprehensive and need not be answered individually. It is, however, worth considering them before committing yourself to a mark for the referee.

• How well did the referee control the game?
• Were the players’ actions recognized correctly?
• Were the Laws applied correctly?
• Were all incidents dealt with efficiently/effectively?
• Were all the appropriate sanctions applied correctly?
• Was the referee always within reasonable distance of incidents?
• Was the referee well positioned to make critical decisions, especially in and around the penalty area?
• Did the referee understand the players’ positional intentions and keep out of the way accordingly?
• Did the referee demonstrate alertness and concentration throughout the game?
• Did the referee apply the use of the advantage to suit the mood and temperature of the game?
• Was the referee aware of the players’ attitude to advantage?
• Did the referee use the assistants effectively?
• Did the officials work as a team, and did the referee lead and manage them to the benefit of the game?

• How well did the referee communicate with the players during the game?
• Did the referee’s level of involvement/profile suit this particular game?
• Did the referee understand the players’ problems on the day – e.g. difficult ground/weather conditions?
• Did the referee respond to the changing pattern of play/mood of players?
• Did the referee demonstrate empathy for the game, allowing it to develop in accordance with the tempo of the game?
• Was the referee pro-active in controlling of the game?
• Was the referee’s authority asserted firmly without being officious
• Was the referee confident and quick thinking?
• Did the referee appear unflustered and unhurried when making critical decisions?
• Did the referee permit undue questioning of decisions?
• Did the referee deal effectively with players crowding around after decisions/incidents?
• Was effective player management in evidence?
• Was the referee’s body language confident and open at all times?
• Did the pace of the game, the crowd or player pressure affect the referee negatively?

Final Thoughts

• Always try to be objective when marking. You may not obtain the most objective view by marking immediately after the game.
• Judge the performance over the whole game. Don’t be too influenced by one particular incident.
• Don’t mark the referee down unfairly because your team was unlucky and lost the game or some disciplinary action was taken against your players.

L&SERWFL & SECWFL Structure 14-15

L&SERWFL (12 Teams) W3

London Corinthians

Crawley Wasps

Maidstone United

Fulham FC Foundation


Old Actonians


Eastbourne Town

AFC Wimbledon

Bexhill United

Carshalton Athletic


SECWFL Premier Division (10 Teams) W4





Burgess Hill Town

Dartford Royals

South Park

Long Lane

Herne Bay


Division 1 EAST (9 Teams) W5


Prince of Wales

Castle Colts

Charlton Ath Development


Faversham Elizabethans

Anchorians 2nds

Aylesford Reserves

Thanet Colts

Division 1 WEST (9 Teams) W5

Seahaven Harriers

Worthing Minors

Wivelsfield Green

Bexhill Utd Reserves

Burgess Hill Town 2nds


Milford & Witley

Adur Athletic

Abbey Rangers


Long Lane Reserves


Sheerness East


Teynham Gunners

London Corinthians Reserves

Anchorians 3rds 


University of Kent

SECWFL Clubs Guide to Match Arrangement and Match day Administration

Match arrangement.

Pitches – All clubs are responsible for providing a suitable venue for their scheduled home games.

As much notice of grounds being unavailable must be given as possible. If your pitch becomes unavailable after a home game has been scheduled, then it is your responsibility to either arrange with your opposition to reverse the fixture or find an alternative suitable venue. The Fixtures Secretary must be informed of all changes of venue where a game is not being played at the ground logged in the handbook.

Referee’s – These are allocated by the League’s Referee’s Appointment’s Officer for most games, priority given to the highest divisions and games of more importance. The allocations are generally done monthly, but often change due to circumstances beyond our control.

Referees must be notified by the home club of the details of your game 7 days prior to the fixture. Rule10(D)

If you are not allocated a Referee then, you must find one, in all cases where a referee is club appointed then you must inform your opposition who the referee is and how they are connected to your club.

You should look to find a referee that meets the following guidelines in order of preference.

1.A qualified and County Registered Referee with no direct connection to home club.

2.A qualified and Registered Referee that has a direct connection to Club.

3.Ask you Opposition if they can provide a qualified and registered referee. For which the home team must pay the fees and expenses of as per rule 13

4.Agree with you opposition on someone that doesn’t meet with the above 3 options.

Opposition – The Match Secretary of the home Club must give notice in writing, the full particulars of the location of, and access to, the ground and time of kick-off to the match officials and the Match Secretary of the opposing Club at least SEVEN clear days prior to the playing of the match.  The away Club shall seek and acknowledge receipt of such particulars.

Postponements – Notice of postponement of any match, must be given without delay by the postponing Club to the Fixtures Secretary, the Competition Referees Appointments Secretary, the Match Secretary of the opposing Club and the match officials. This must be via phone conversations with your oppositions officials and not just be e-mail or by leaving messages. All numbers in the handbook must be tried. If contact cannot be made, the League Fixtures Secretary must be informed asap.

Match day Administration

Every team must have a League handbook present at every match!

Hosting – Please ensure that someone is available to greet the opposition and match officials when they arrive at the ground, to show them to their dressing rooms and to the location of the pitch and the whereabouts of toilets for their spectators.

Referee’s cards-

Referee’s Club Score Card – One of these white cards MUST be given to the referee whether League or club appointed by the home team before any  match. They should have the Date, Competition and home & away team names already filled in and should have a postage stamp on. If the referee is club appointed please explain to them prior to the match, that we would request that they mark the two club assistants provided and each club for sportsmanship, so please ensure that each assistant gives their names to the referee.

Match Return Form – Please ensure that these are correctly filled out prior to the match the small column on the right is for the player’s shirt numbers. The blue sheet must be exchanged with your opposition in the presence of the referee, and the pink sheet given to the referee, at least 10 minutes prior to kick off. At this point the arrangements should be made to inspect the identity cards of the opposition, the procedure to do this is explained in rule 10(K).

After the match each team is required to select a player from the opposition to be given their player of the match award, this should be recorded on your oppositions Yellow sheet. Your player of the match picked by your opposition is recorded on your yellow sheet.

The yellow sheet must also be completed to show the match result, scorers, cautions, sending off's and substitutes used.  This sheet must be retained and only sent to the League Secretary if requested to do so.

The white sheet is for your own records.

Match Result – Must be telephoned/text to Greg Petts on 01795 474275 or 07932465237,  within 2 hours of the match by the home club. Clubs competing in a competition outside the jurisdiction of the League (FA Cup, County Cup etc), whether home or away, must also phone their result within two hours of the end of the match.

Your match record must be completed on Full Time within 3 days of every match. If you have not already got a username and password for the SECWFL Full Time site then these can be applied for from the League Secretary.

If in doubt on any of these points, please ask the relevant League Officer for advice.