The FA Referees Course
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 women's 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.
Minimum Age: 14
Leading To: Registered Referee Status (either Level 8 Youth Referee or Level 7 Junior County Referee)
Pre-requisities: Before starting Block 5, a Safeguarding Children Workshop and Criminal Records Check (if applicable) must be completed.
- 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 couple 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.
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The Course Fee Includes
- FA Referee Registration
- Whistle and red & yellow cards
- Enhanced FA Criminal Records Check (CRC) (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
Re-assessment: Candidates can be re-examined within one month after completing the initial examination.