Qualifying as a Referee
the next steps after attending a course
You are now registered for the current season as a Trainee Referee (Level T). Once you complete a minimum of five games and attend a Review Session, you will then become a Level 7 referee (or ‘Youth’ referee is you are under 16 years old).
In your first season your referee registration fee is covered by your course fee and Sheffield & Hallamshire County will complete your registration. For future seasons you will be expected to re-register yourself (via the Whole Game System) and pay the annual registration fee (currently £20). Registrations usually open in June each year and we will communicate this to you in plenty of time.
This page will help you with the next steps once you have completed your FA Referee Course, including;- Completing your five games
- Requesting your Referee ID Card
- Identifying suitable games for you to officiate
- Attending a Referee Review Session
- Becoming fully qualified
COMPLETION OF FIVE GAMES
Following completion of your course, you are required to complete a minimum of five games of either 9v9 or 11v11 football. These can be competitive fixtures or friendlies (both teams must be affiliated when playing friendlies).
Please note that you plan on officiating within youth football, you will require in date FA DBS.
Option 1 – At a local football club or league
If you are attached to a grassroots football club, the games can be completed with your club. Alternatively, we can identify a local club or league for you to link with.
Option 2 – At an academy
We appoint referees to academy games on a Sunday morning, 11 am kick off, at Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Rotherham United and Barnsley Football Club. We appoint officials to games for team at U9-U15 age groups, where you can have a chance at refereeing at the young age groups and as an assistant referee at the older ones.
The academy environment is a great way for new referees to learn in a safe and protected environment.
Referee ID Cards
If you are officiating within youth football you will require a Referee ID Card. These are electronic cards which are sent via email.
As a referee you will need to apply for an ID Card each season. These show that you are qualified, registered and meet safeguarding requirements.
To obtain an ID Card please email a head-shot photograph of yourself along with your FAN number to Development@SheffieldFA.com.
Referee Review Session
Once you have completed a minimum of five games you need to attend a Referee Review Session of your choice.
These sessions are a fantastic opportunity to share your experiences from your first few games with other likeminded officials.
Sessions will be led by an FA Referee Tutor who will facilitate your discussions. Further information will also be shared about future development opportunities, referee promotion, reporting discipline via the Whole Game System, and where to report concerns.
Once you have completed this session you will then become a fully qualified referee at Level 7 (or ‘Youth’ referee is you are under 16 years old).
Book on a referee review session