FA Referee Course

The FA Referee Course

Course Overview

Minimum Age: 14

Price: £149.00

Leading To: Registered Referee Status (either level 8 Youth Referee or Level 7 Junior County Referee)

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The first crucial step to developing as a referee

The FA Referees Course is designed for anyone aged 14 and up who wants to join the tens of thousands of referees who operate week in week out on local parks, throughout the English football pyramid, up to those who officiate The FA Cup Final and on the International stage. As a referee you play an integral role in ensuring all participants enjoy their match day experience, helping create a competitive, fair, safe and enjoyable playing environment.

Whether you want to referee in youth and adult leagues, men's or womens football or have aspirations of one day walking the ball out at Wembley Stadium, The FA Referees Course is the starting point for your refereeing career. Refereeing is not only rewarding in a football environment, but the social and life skills that come from becoming a referee extend far beyond your initial expectations.








These seven core values underpin all aspects of English refereeing and are all required from the start of your refereeing journey.

Once you have qualified as a referee, there is extensive support available through both your County FA and The FA, helping you to be the best you can be and fulfill your potential as a referee.

  • Overview of course expectations and commitments
  • Basic outline of the Laws of the Game to provide an initial understanding
  • Introduction to the DNA of English Refereeing and the process of completing the course

A mixture of practical and theoretical referee training, focusing on the key skills and techniques required to be a referee. This is then coupled with the practical application of law and the different scenarios that can be faced in a game. Some of the topics covered are; Signals & Communication, Fouls & Misconduct and Positioning & Movement.

Upon completion of Unit 4, a practical Evaluation of Performance and Assessment Of Knowledge is completed to ensure you are ready for Unit 5.

Officiating five 11v11 or 9v9 games, where you are offered a referee mentor to support you on your first few games, with a self evaluation of each game.

Call back session where there is the opportunity to share experiences on the five games refereed, what has worked well and what you might do differently in the future. A final Laws of the Game Examination and information on what happens now and what opportunities are available i.e. Promotion, Academies, Development Groups, In-Service Training etc.


Course Pre-requisites


Before starting Block 5, a Safeguarding Children Workshop and Criminal Records Check (if applicable) must be completed.

Please Note: This course should not be booked on behalf of another person (i.e. a parent/carer on behalf of a child). All booking forms must be completed by the individual who will be completing the course.


The FA Referees Course provides participants with an insight to the laws of the game and their practical application on the field of play. It also looks at the skills required to be a referee.

Candidates should feel comfortable to referee a game of football at the completion of the course, with 75% of the course being in a practical environment.

Sarah Garratt FA Referee Course

The Course fee includes

• FA Referee Registration
• Whistle and red & yellow cards
• Enhanced FA CRB Disclosure (where required)
• Safeguarding Children Training (where required)
• Study Pack and Laws of Association Football
• Membership of the RA-FA
• Certificate of qualification upon completion of 5 games

Candidates aged 16 and over only will require an in date FA CRC.

Suitable and warm outdoor clothing with a change of clothing also recommended.

Outdoor activity will take place regardless of the weather conditions.

Re-assessment: Candidates can be re-examined within 1 month after completing the initial examination. 

Available Dates

Start Date
Day 1
Tuesday 29 October, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Day 2
Wednesday 30 October, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Day 3
Friday 1 November, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Cheshire FA HQ
Hartford House
Hartford Moss Recreation Centre
Referee Department
01606 30 2003

Important Information

We adhere to a strict cancellation policy and by enrolling onto our course you agree to have read and agree to be bound by our Terms and Conditions.

Get in Touch!

T: 01606 302003
9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon - Fri)

E: RefereeCourses@CheshireFA.com 

Our next scheduled courses will take place in Summer 2019.  The venues and dates are still subject to finalizing, but we anticipate opportunities in June, July & August. 

Details will be published shortly, we are just confirming the final venues.

Courses are often over subscribed and availability to referee regularly  at peak times is taken into consideration.  Post course registration to become an active member of a local league Referee Panel is a pre-requisite.