In June every year, referees in Derbyshire are able to re-register for the following season.

We are encouraging all referees to register in the close season because you will not be allowed to officiate any games until you have done so.

Any referees that registered last season, including all new referees, should now be able to access The FA’s Whole Game System (WGS) to re-register for upcoming season.

We urge all referees to use this system to re-register online.

We have an offer for all those who register for the season BEFORE 1st August 2022 will receive a 15% discount code for Fanatics to purchase refereeing kit (Subject to stock demands) so get registering to receive the discount code.


You can amend your contact details throughout the season on the Whole Game System (WGS). All correspondence is done by email, so please make sure that is up to date at all times.

Yes, your registration lasts for one season and you are required to re-register each season before officiating any matches. The FA do have the following regulations about referees who have not re-registered:

  • You can be unregistered for up to two seasons and then just re-register as long as your DBS and Safeguarding certificates are valid.
  • If you have been unregistered for between two and five seasons you are required to successfully pass a Laws of Game test (arranged by The County FA) to make sure you are up to date on law before being able to register again plus complete The FA DBS and Safeguarding criteria.
  • If you have been unregistered for five or more seasons you will be required to book onto the new practical referee course and complete The FA DBS and Safeguarding criteria to register again.

Any referee aged 16 or older and officiating in any youth football MUST have a valid FA DBS certificate to register. The Whole Game System (WGS) wont allow you to register without it. Referees who only officiate in adult football are not required to have this certificate.

Once registered with Derbyshire FA you can then apply to join any local leagues that are suitable for your ability. It is for the referee to make direct contact with any league that they wish to apply to. It is free to join a League but you will have to apply in order to do so.

Click here to view a list of leagues and contacts.

Many other Organisations such as Schools, Scouts and other Sports Organisations do have their own DBS checks and certificates but The FA will only accept their own certificates, so these other organisations CRC certificates don't count and you will have to complete an FA one.

Referees going away to University can either register with Derbyshire FA before they move or can be transferred to the County FA where they will be studying and register with them. You only have to pay one registration fee and you can then referee anywhere in England.
Contact our RDO, Reece Davies, and let him know where you are going. He will contact the local RDO where you are studying to assist you in establishing the right contacts when you arrive there.

Yes your referee registration number will change each season. Once you have completed the online process in WGS to re-register it will create you a new registration number.