FA Grassroots Referees

Make a difference to the game

Get into refereeing

Reasons to Referee

  • Give something back to the game you love
  • Play a vital role in Grassroots football
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of the Laws of the Game
  • Increase participation in football
  • Supplement your income
  • Career opportunities
  • Develop social network 

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Sian Massey-Ellis
First Things First

SHCFA Referee Academy

SHCFA Referee Academy is a great way to develop your knowledge and experience as a Referee while be part of a structured program and network. Being part of the Referee Academy will give you consistent games, referee coaching and a referee mentor. 

For more information on this contact Natasha Wilson - natasha.wilson@sheffieldfa.com 

Initial Training

The FA Basic Referee Course

Take the first steps to becoming a qualified referee and complete The FA Referee Course with SHCFA. Learn the Laws of the Game, man management and how to deal with conflict. 

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.

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You will be required to enter your FA Number (FAN) and password to book onto a course or create a FAN and password to book onto one if you don’t have one already

Create A FAN here.

Please Note: You will need to create a new FAN for your Son/Daughter if you already have a FAN yourself, because the FAN used will be accepted as the person booked on.

Yes, the minimum age to book the course is 14 

The full course is £115 per candidate (subject to change in 2018) 

Get In Touch

By Phone: 0114 261 5509
(8:30am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday)

By Email: craig.grundy@sheffieldfa.com