The FA Mini Soccer Referees Course

This course is designed to provide basic training for those planning to referee Mini Soccer and will focus on four key areas:

  • Understanding your role in Mini Soccer
  • Developing your role - practical application of the laws
  • The realities of your role - dealing with players, coaches and parents
  • Your role as an educator


Course aims and objectives

To provide learners with an introduction to refereeing, identifying the skills required to effectively referee games of Mini Soccer. Following the initial four Modules the candidates will be expected to referee a minimum of three games before returning for a review session during which their knowledge of law will be assessed.


Course pre-requisites

Prior to certification, candidates are required to:

  • Be at least 14 years of age


Course content

Module one

  • Understanding your role
  • Introduction to the course
  • The ethos of mini soccer
  • Role and responsibilities
  • What the qualification is

Module two 

  • Developing you role
  • Helping to create an appropriate and safe learning environment
  • Application of points of law
  • Demonstrating match day skills

Module three

  • The realities of your role
  • Working with players, coaches and parents
  • Managing situations Module four
  • Your role as an educator
  • Applying the law as an educator
  • Self reflection – developing your action plan

Next steps

  • Practical experience
  • Refereeing a minimum of three games
  • Putting theory into practice

Module five

  • Reviewing your role as a referee
  • Opportunity to reflect on previous learning and experience
  • Examination to confirm competence to qualify as a Mini Soccer Referee


Practical involvement

Candidates will be encouraged to participate practically to maximise their opportunities for learning (the qualification cannot be completed unless the three games are officiate).


How to apply

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