Referees & match officials

Ever tried playing a game of football without a referee?
It's difficult, right...?

Referees play a crucial role in helping football take place. From local grassroots football played in a park on a Sunday morning right through to the FA Cup Final at Wembley, every football match needs a referee.

That's why here at Cheshire FA we are dedicated to producing, supporting and developing a highly motivated and talented network of FA qualified referees.

We work hard to provide a wide range of opportunities and support to the 1000+ registered referees officiating across the county already, and encourage those looking to get into refereeing for the first time.

Become a Referee

Thinking of becoming a referee?

  • Refereeing is a great way to be involved in football
  • There are opportunities for everyone
  • Remain active in the game following injury or retirement
  • Make new and lasting friends within the game
  • Play a huge role in ensuring the players enjoy their match day experience
FA Grassroots Referees

Development & Courses

Cheshire FA want to support all referees to progress their skills to their full potential.

We offer development opportunities for officials at all stages of their journey; from those looking to become qualified referees to those climbing the promotion ladder.

For more information please feel free to get in contact with our Referees Department on 01606 302003.

The FA Basic Referee Course
A helping Hand

RefereeingĀ Support

We aim to provide all officials in the county with the best possible support throughout their careers, both on and off the field. From the moment an official books a place on the FA Referee Course, to the moment a referee retires from the game, Cheshire FA work to provide the best support for match officials.