Elite Referee Course in partnership with Derby County Community Trust and Derby County FC

Elite Referee Course 2018

Derbyshire FA
Think you’ve got what it takes to get to the top? Interested in officiating within a Professional Environment? This course might be for you!

Photos courtesy of Jack Kimber

The Elite Referee Course, delivered in partnership by Derbyshire County FA, Derby County FC and Derby County Community Trust, is a first of its kind.

The Course is aimed at potential candidates aged 14+ who have the desire and determination to officiate within the Professional Game. They will be trained and developed by FA Tutors and Developers at state of the art facilities at Derby County Football Academy and will receive the FA Referee Qualification. 

The course will be delivered by FA Referee Tutors at the state of the art facilities at Derby County Football Academy.

The candidates will be taught the basics of how to referee and will be mentored by FA Developers to improve their skill set and increase their knowledge. They will also develop a number of skills including professionalism and communication. 

As part of the course candidates will need to referee a number of matches and these will include regularly officiating at Derby County Academy and Derby County RTC.
Other benefits of the programme include:

  • Access to high quality coaching and mentoring.
  • Official match and training kit.
  • Referee Learning Journal.
  • CPD training at Derby County Academy.
  • Opportunities to be part of the DCFA CORE Programme.


We are hosting an Open Evening on Monday 19th March 2018, 7pm, at Derby County Academy, to register your interest, please complete the Expression of Interest form and return it to ryan.haynes@derbyshirefa.com.

For any more information please contact Ryan Haynes - Derbyshire County FA Referee Development Officer ryan.haynes@derbyshirefa.com or 01332 361422 (Option 2)

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