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Ever tried playing a game of football without a referee?
It's difficult, right...?

Derbyshire FA are dedicated to supporting and developing all referees no matter how young or old, experienced or inexperienced. Derbyshire has over 700 registered and qualified referees which stretch from the grassroots game all the way to the professional game.

Whether you are looking to start refereeing or have been refereeing for a number of years, there is information suitable for everyone to either start or develop their refereeing. 

Become a Referee

Thinking of becoming a referee?

  • Refereeing is a great way to be involved in football
  • There are opportunities for everyone
  • Remain active in the game following injury or retirement
  • Make new and lasting friends within the game
  • Play a huge role in ensuring the players enjoy their match day experience
FA Grassroots Referees

Development & Courses

Derbyshire FA is dedicated to developing all referees, no matter what their experience level is. We aim to put on a quarterly event that any Derbyshire referee can attend.

To find out more about the development opportunities for referees please click below.

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A helping Hand

RefereeingĀ Support

Our referees are recruited, trained and examined to enable a smooth grassroots operation.  As they gain experience further opportunities are provided to aid their development and progression.  Appointments are made to adult and youth County Cup ties, together with games in certain FA competitions.