Referee Academy

The aims of the County FA Referee Academy are to develop and improve, both on and off the field of play, the standard and performance, as Match Officials, of the members of the Referees' Academy.

This will be achieved by delivering a structured programme of training, which is aimed specifically to meet the members' needs both individually and collectively and which will be varied in both content and delivery.

The Academy operates with approximately 30 members, all of who have been nominated by their District Associations. There will be opportunities for several candidates to join each season. The Academy is a two year programme covering a series of refereeing topics and actively Refereeing and Assistant Refereeing at Crewe Alexandra FC Academy.

Referee Academy Status Criteria

The Football Association determines that an Academy must be linked to a Senior Football Club or Centre of Excellence nominated by the FA.

The Cheshire FA Referees' Academy affords this status by being linked to Crewe Alexandra FC Academy.

It is part of the terms and conditions of this agreement that members of the Academy undertake development games at such Senior Clubs on either midweek or weekend dates.

The Cheshire County FA Referee Academy equates to Stage 3; Development & Progression of the FA’s National Referee Development Programme (NRDP).

Routes to Membership

All promotion candidates will be invited to attend a pre-season assessment where candidates will take part in a fitness test, laws of the game exam and decision making accuracy test.

Successful candidates will be invited to join the Academy.