FA Grassroots Referees

Get into refereeing

Reasons to Referee

Refereeing can be a very rewarding activity to take up and is an integral part of grassroots football.

Not only can you keep fit and earn some money, but you can develop yourself as a character, and maybe even work your way up into the professional ranks, following the likes of Premier League Referees Anthony Taylor, Mike Dean and Mike Jones who honed their refereeing skills in Cheshire. 


Aimed at anyone aged 14 or over who wishes to become an active referee.

Apart from the initial training course to become a referee, which is 12 hours, it is up to you how many games and how often choose to referee - there is no minimum commitment. 

The current cost of a New Referee Course with Cheshire FA is £150, this includes:

  • FA Referee Registration
  • Whistle and red & yellow cards 
  • 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

Get In Touch

T: 01606 871166 (opt 5)
9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday


Initial Training

The FA Referee Course

If you want to qualify as a football referee you will need to do the FA Referee Course.

The FA Referee Course provides candidates with an understanding of the ‘Laws of the Game’ and provides them with the practical skills to be a match official. Once you've passed the course and registered as a referee with Cheshire FA you will have a qualification recognised throughout England.