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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.


You must ensure you have completed the following two pre-requisites before applying for the course. You will not be offered a place without these being completed:

FA Laws of the Game

Safeguarding for All 

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.


Course I (Female Referees Course)

Venue: Vauxhall Motors FC, Rivacre Rd, Ellesmere Port, CH66 1NJ
Dates: Monday 25 October, Thursday 28 October
Times: 6-9pm, 9-5pm

Course J

Venue: The Manchester Health Academy, Moor Rd, Manchester, M23 9BP
Dates: Tuesday 26 October, Wednesday 27 October
Times: 6-9pm, 9-5pm

Course K

Venue: Seashell Trust, Stanley Road, Cheadle Hulme, Heald Green, Cheshire, SK8 6RQ
Dates: Thursday 28 October, Friday 29 October
Times: 6-9pm, 9-5pm

Course L

Venue: All Hallows, Brooklands Ave, Macclesfield, SK11 8LB
Dates: Monday 25 October, Tuesday 26 October
Times: 6-9pm, 9-5pm

Course M

Venue: Cheshire FA, CW8 4BG
Dates: Thursday 4 November, Sunday 7 November
Times: 6-9pm, 9-5pm

Apply Now

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+

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.