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Becoming a Referee

First Things First


As part of our refereeing qualifications there are a number of criteria to be attained prior to attendance at a course. The Background Information will offer an insight on each and further details on how to complete these steps will be provided when registering on a course.

course formats

We offer the a variety of Course Options to suit the aims of all individuals.

Traditionally the route most will take is the Basic Referees’ Course in order to qualify for 11v11 and 9v9 football. However, alternatives are available for those looking for a qualification towards GCSE’s, Duke of Edinburgh Awards and for different formats of the game (e.g. Futsal, Mini Soccer, Small Sided).
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The FA Respect


The FA's Respect programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, players and parents from grassroots to elite football - to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.


The FA Basic Referee Course

Candidates can enroll on any of our upcoming courses by simply booking your place Online.


The FA Referees Course

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