The FA estimates that in some areas of the country, up to 20 per cent of matches are played without a qualified match official. Yet, whenever the stakeholders in the game (players, coaches, spectators, referees) are surveyed to ask for their opinions and their experience of football, time and again, the priority for these people in grassroots football is to have a qualified referee for every game they play in. No matter what the perception of referees are in football, one thing is certain – EVERYBODY has a better experience of the game when a fully qualified and impartial referee takes charge of their game.
The Derbyshire County Football Association recognises the massive importance of referees in our national game, and will offer any support and guidance we can in order to train, retain and develop all referees in the county. With over 700 qualified and registered referees now in the county, we are working hard towards our ultimate goal of having a registered match official for EVERY game that is played in Derbyshire.
Anyone aged 14 or older can become a referee and take an active, fulfilling and vital role in football. The game doesn’t just require officials at the younger age however, but also those who have perhaps played the game for many years and are now in the twilight of their playing careers, and would like to stay involved in the game. Maybe you’ve always thought “I could definitely do a better job than the ref we had today” – if that’s the case, give it a go! No matter what age you are, you will have the opportunity to move up through the levels into the semi-professional and professional levels of the game. The first step into refereeing is to enrol on a Basic Referees Course and pass the examinations – from there your progression will be based on your ability on the field of play.
If you would like to know more, or have any questions relating to refereeing whatsoever, please contact:
T: 01332 361422 (option 2)