Referee Courses

The first step for anybody wishing to become a referee is to enrol onto one of our Referees Course Introduction Evenings. The only pre-requisite is that you are at least 14 years old, and want to go out and referee football matches.

Before enrolling onto The FA Referees Course, you must first book onto an Introduction Evening. Following the Introduction Evening, 24 candidates will be selected to attend the course. Any candidate not selected for a course will be given other opportunities to do so at a later date. Candidates under the age of 18 are advised to bring a Parent/Guardian with them.

The FA Referees Course will provide you with both a sound knowledge of the Laws of the Game and how to practically apply them in game situations. The course itself is 24 hours long including a practical assessment, which will take place at the end of the course. The candidates will referee a game played by their peers and will be watched by one of the course tutors. The tutors will then feedback and say what they have done well and then offer advice to help them to improve any areas requiring development. The course content includes lots of practical learning both in the classroom and out on the field of play. Candidates will receive a Pre-Course Study booklet a fortnight before starting the course. The booklet will need to be completed before the first day of the course.

Once you have complete the two practical training days and the theory sessions, you will then need to referee 5 matches before the date of the Call-Back Session. On the Call-Back Session there will be an assessment of knowledge. Candidates will need to attend all of the sessions. Following successful completion of the Course and Call-Back Session, candidates will be signed off as FA Qualified Referees. They will need to re-register each season to keep their qualification.

All candidates will require a FA Safeguarding Children Qualification. Any candidate that does not have the qualification will need to complete/book onto a Safeguarding course after the Introduction Evening. Any candidate over the age of 16 will need to complete a FA Criminal Records Check. Information on both the Safeguarding Workshop and Criminal Records Check will be given on the Introduction Evening.

The Course Structure is as follows:

Pre-Course Study Booklet (Send two weeks prior to the course starting)
Day 1 – Practical Sessions – (8 hours)
Day 2 – Theory Sessions (3 hours)
Day 3 – Practical Sessions and Assessment (8 hours)

Referee 5 Matches

Call-Back Session – (2 hours)

What is the cost of The FA Referee’s Course?

Introduction Evening - £10
The FA Referee’s Course - £130
Introduction Evenings are booked online and all candidates will need a FAN.

The price includes:

• A pre-course study pack and interactive DVD
• A copy of the Laws Of The Game booklet
• A ‘Welcome To Refereeing’ folder containing advice and guidance on all aspects of refereeing
• FA Licensed Referee Tutors
• All course materials required
• FA Safeguarding Children training
• CRB Disclosures for those aged 16+
• Assistant referee flags and flag bag
• Whistle & lanyard
• Match record pads
• Red & yellow cards with plastic wallet
• Referee registration fee for one season
• Assistance and advice regarding which leagues to join
• Certificate confirming your referee qualification upon completion of 5 games
• FA ‘3 Lions’ badge upon completion of 5 games
• Any help and guidance required from the Derbyshire County FA

To book onto a Referee Introduction Evening, please click here. 

If you still require any further information please contact:

T: 01332 361422 (Option 2)


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