But recent months have seen some teams swapping to an alternative pitch when their own has been deemed unfit to play.
This could cause major problems for clubs, with the danger of them falling foul of invalidating their insurance and facing potentially huge claims should there be a serious injury or incident.
At Marley, clubs have a contract with Bradford Council and are allocated a pitch, which is theirs for the season.
They can only change pitches with the permission of the Parks Department and the staff at Marley cannot give permission for a change at short notice.
Keighley & District Referees Association Secretary Simon Todd said: “We are aware of instances where clubs found that their allocated pitch was unfit and had swapped their fixture to an adjoining pitch, which was fit, and not in use on that day.
“It would appear this happened when clubs had not been prepared for bad weather and the opposition and referee had arrived at the ground.
“The club have then ‘persuaded’ the referee to play on another pitch that was fit.
“But we live in a society where people are encouraged to make claims for injuries that are sustained in various areas of their lives – ‘If there is blame there is a claim,’ etc.”
Prior to the 2011-2012 season, a senior referee, who was also an officer of Keighley FA, was employed by Bradford Council to decide on pitch fitness and other issues at Marley on match days.
This stopped at the start of last season and, according to Bradford Council, the decision about the fitness of a pitch is down to the referee on matchday, except on days such as the last two weekends when the council has closed all pitches.
Mr Todd said the referees association was concerned about possible insurance implications if an incident or injury happened and sought clarification from the national Referees’ Association.
Chairman of External Affairs Arthur Smith told them: “The home team have the responsibility to direct the match official to the hired pitch.
“Once the pitch inspection is carried out and decision on fitness is made the match proceeds or not.
“As this is a local authority pitch allocated to a team, it appears they cannot then look for another pitch to play on for health and safety and insurance reasons.
“There can be no authority placed on the match official to enter into the pitch hiring arrangements and, therefore, once the referee has made a decision as to the fitness of the pitch, that is the end of the matter.”