The FA Referee Course
The FA Referee Course is designed to equip new referees with the key skills and knowledge they will need to be able to referee grassroots football matches safely and effectively. It is for people aged 14 and over who want to referee mini soccer, 9 v 9 and/or 11 v 11 football.
The course comprises online learning on the Laws of the Game and face to face training. You must complete the online learning before attending the face to face training. You will also need to complete online safeguarding training before attending the face to face training.
Minimum Age: 14 years old
Leading To: Registered Referee Status (either Level 7 or Youth Referee level)
The online learning has five sections (modules) and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. There are lots of videos to demonstrate how the Laws should be applied, activities to help reinforce the important points and, at the end of each module, there are some questions to test what you’ve learned.
Before booking on to a course
You must have completed the ‘Online Guide to the Laws of the Game’. This is a compulsory requirement of the FA Referee Course and is free of charge. In order to access the course you will need to log in with an existing FA account or create a new account. Please ensure that the information on the account is accurate to the learner.
You must have completed the relevant Online Safeguarding training. Please see the details of which course to access below.
Learners who are 14/15 years old - Complete free 1 hour Safeguarding For All (valid for two years)
All other learners who are 16+ - Complete the Online Safeguarding Children Course (£30) (valid for two years with continual free recertification)
If you plan on officiating in youth football (and are aged 16+) you will require an in date FA DBS.
All learners (and parents/guardians of under 18 learners) must also read the 'Course Guide' which you will find below.
All learners who are under the age of 18 must complete and submit a parental consent form at the time of booking.
All learners must book on to the course using their own FAN number and details.
AVAILABLE COURSE DATES
Rossington Main FC, Oxford Street, Doncaster, DN11 0TE
Session 1: Wednesday 11th October, 18:00-21:00
Session 2: Sunday 15th October, 9:00-17:00
THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL
SGP Westfield, Moss Way, Sheffield, S20 8FA
Session 1: Wednesday 8th November, 18:00-21:00
Session 2: Sunday 12th November, 14:00-18:00
Session 3: Sunday 19th November, 14:00-18:00
Barnsley College, Honeywell Lane, Barnsley, S75 1BP
Session 1: Wednesday 29th November, 18:00-21:00
Session 2: Saturday 2nd December, 13:00-17:00
Session 3: Saturday 9th December, 13:00-17:00
THE NEXT STEPS AFTER ATTENDING A COURSe
- Completing your first five games
- Requesting your Referee ID Card (required if you plan to officiate youth football)
- Identifying suitable games for you to officiate (information about all of our affiliated competitions)
- Attending a Referee Review Session
- Becoming fully qualified