Referees are an intrinsic part of the game and, with the growth in the popularity of football, particularly for women and children, the demand for match officials is increasing.

The Football Association estimates that in some areas of the country up to 20 per cent of games are played without a qualified match official.

Our goal is to recruit, train and retain referees to ensure that, in future, every game has a qualified official who receives regular training and support from an FA mentor programme and helpline.

Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA boasts over 900 referees, both male and female, who officiate games of varying standards across the region, nationally and even internationally, with Howard Webb covering the 2010 World Cup Final between Spain and Holland in South Africa.

Want to become a referee?

In order to become a referee you will first have to complete a Basic Referees Course.  

The Basic Referees Course is open to anyone over the age of 14 who wants to referee either youth football or regular 11-a-side adult football. You will get all the help and support you need in order to begin climbing the referee's ladder, just like Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA and World Cup final referee Howard Webb.

Our dedicated Referees Development team organise and run Basic Referees Courses throughout the region. Book your place today and take your first steps up the refereeing development ladder.

For more information email or telephone 0114 261 5500