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The FA Referees Course


The first crucial step in 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.

  • Respect
  • Empathy
  • Fitness
  • Evaluation
  • Reliability
  • Education
  • Excellence

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.

Price: £130.00 

Minimum Age: 14

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

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

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FA Referee Course
Take a closer look at what our FA Referee Course involves, including a chat with our Referee Development Officer and some action shots from the course.
Course Breakdown

  • 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.

Available dates

Please see below all courses that we will be delivering over the coming months.

Recruiting New Referees

We are delighted to announce that we will be delivering 8 FA Referees Courses over the coming months and we are now accepting applications.

We are looking for dedicated and committed people who are regularly available to referee on our local youth football leagues in Cheshire.

Anyone interested in applying will need to be regularly available at weekends, predominately on Sunday mornings when the vast amount of Youth football is played.

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Successful candidates will be invited to book onto one of our courses. Prior to attending the course, candidates must complete the following:

  • Online Laws of the Game Module
  • Online Safeguarding Children Education
  • FA DBS check if aged 16+

Course D

Sandbach United, Hind Heath Road, Sandbach, CW11 3LZ
Wednesday 11th August, 6pm - 9pm
Sunday 15th August, 9am - 5pm

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Course E

Vauxhall Motors, Rivacre House/Rivacre Road, Ellesmere Port, CH66 1NJ
Tuesday 17th August, 6pm - 9pm
Wednesday 18th August, 9am - 5pm

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Course F

Cheshire FA HQ, Northwich, CW8 4BG
Thursday 19th August, 6pm - 9pm
Sunday 22nd August, 9am - 5pm

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Course G

Manchester Health Academy, Moor Road, Manchester, M23 9BP
Tuesday 24th August, 6pm - 9pm
Thursday 26th August, 9am - 5pm

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Course H

Cheshire FA HQ, Northwich, CW8 4BG
Thursday 16th September, 6pm - 9pm
Sunday 19th September, 9am - 5pm

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The Course Fee Includes

  • FA Referee Registration
  • Whistle and red & yellow cards
  • Enhanced FA Criminal Records Check (CRC) (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.


T: 01606 30 2003
9:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday

E: RefereeCourses@CheshireFA.com

FA Referees Course (Female Specific)

Designed to support women & girls get into refereeing.