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 of online learning on the Laws of the Game and face-to-face training. You must complete the online learning and online safeguarding training before booking your place on The FA Referee Course.
Minimum Age: 14 years old
Price: £120 (includes whistle, flag, cards and notebook)
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 your place on a course
Before attending the face-to-face training, all learners must complete online learning on the Laws of the Game and online safeguarding training. If you are aged 16 or over and intend to referee junior football (U18), you will need to obtain an FA DBS.
Important information: If your child is under 18, they must have a parent/guardian linked FAN (FA Number) before they can access the steps below. CLICK HERE for guidance.
Please ensure that the online learning is completed on the child fan account and not the parent/guardian fan.
Please follow the steps below to gain access to a course:
The 'Safeguarding for All' is the minimum requirement. However, we recommend if you are over 16 you complete the Safeguarding Children Course.
Both courses are available at this link.
If you are aged 16 and over, you will be required to obtain an FA DBS*
You must have begun your DBS application prior to the start date of the course you intend to complete.
*Not a requirement if refereeing adult football only.
You can proceed with your course booking once the above steps are completed. Please note that we reserve the right to cancel your course booking if the above steps have not been met.
Please refer to our FAQs for support.
Rossington Main FC, Oxford Street, Doncaster, DN11 0TE
Session 1: Thursday 21st March, 18:00-21:00
Session 2: Sunday 24th March, 9:00-17:00
THIS IS A FEMALE ONLY COURSE
BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE
THE NEXT STEPS AFTER ATTENDING A COURSe
We're with you from the start
- 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