Referee Academy

Cheshire FA Referees Department is dedicated to providing football with high quality referees.
Our Centre of Refereeing Excellence provides ambitious referees with training and education to support them on their journey from grassroots football through to the elite game.

Cheshire FA CORE Foundation Group:

The Foundation Group is designed for Level 7,6 and 5 Referees on the promotion scheme who show great potential as well as the desired attitude and behaviour to succeed.

Successful candidates will be expected to attend 5 meetings in September, October, November, January and March which will involve topic based content and fitness training.

We will be introducing a Summer Training Camp in August and a Winter Training Camp in February. The Training Camps will be heavily focussed on fitness, nutrition, developing leadership, communication skills and mental resilience. A huge part of all meetings and training camps will be examining the Laws of the Game.

In addition to meetings and training camps Foundation Group Referees will officiate at Crewe Alex Academy on U18, U16, U15, U14 and U13 fixtures in the Premier League Academy. Coaching will be offered on these games from the Referee Development Team as well as Level 3 and 4 Referees.

Referees from this group will have the opportunity to attend International Tournaments such as a the IBER Cup.

Cheshire FA CORE Advanced Group:

The Advanced Group is designed for Level 3 and 4 Referees who show great potential as well as the desired attitude and behaviour to succeed.

Successful candidates will be expected to attend 5 meetings in September, October, November, January and March which will involve topic based content and fitness training.

Advanced Group Referees will attend the Summer Training Camp in August and a Winter Training Camp in February alongside Foundation Group Referees.

Following a trial last season we will be rolling out our new Match Day Developer programme. This programme will see referees coached by the Referee Development Team and provided with 1st class advice and support.

Advanced Group referees will also support the Foundation Group by attending Crewe Alex Academy once or twice a season to support, mentor and coach.