Fancy becoming a referee?

Becoming a football referee is a fantastic way of being involved in the sport which we all love. Whether you have a dream to become a top flight referee officiating on the premiership or just fancy helping out at your local youth club at the weekends - we have a course for you.

Anyone wishing to qualify as a FA referee must first attend a compulsory introductory workshop. The workshop will provide you information on different refereeing formats and opportunities and help you decide which course or career path is right for you as a potential new referee. The cost of this workshop is £10.
We recommend that parents of all candidates under the age of 16 attend the evening to gain a full understanding of the commitment required to complete the course.

Dates for this workshops are:

Monday 22nd May, Somerset FA HQ

Monday 26th June, Somerset FA HQ

Monday 21st August, Somerset FA HQ

Monday 18th December, Somerset FA HQ

To book on please click on the relevant course above.

On completion of this workshop you can then decide which course you would like to attend.

The Basic Referees Course

The Referee’s course is initially based over two full days and one evening session. Following completion of refereeing a minimum of five games, candidates will be invited to a follow up classroom session which will include the Laws of the Game Examination.

Practical Referee Training Day One- Unit 2:

The first day will involve learning how to referee outside on the field of play, and how to apply The Laws of The Game. Candidates are required to have a good working knowledge of the Laws through completion of their pre course study booklet that is to be handed to the tutor on the first practical day.

You will be provided with all the necessary equipment such as a whistle, red and yellow cards which will be yours to keep throughout your refereeing career! By the end of the day you will have the opportunity to referee part of a game among your group of candidates.

Fouls and Misconduct Training, Evening Session- Unit 3:

This interactive classroom based session will be based around ‘Recognising Challenges’ and the Misconduct procedure. Candidates will be provided details to the comprehensive support mechanisms we have in place to support referees throughout their first few games.

Practical Referee Training Day Two- Unit 4:

The final practical day includes your practical evaluation. The evaluation consists of you refereeing a short game, with staged scenarios, for you to demonstrate your learning and application of Law.

Provided your attain the minimum standard required when evaluated, you will be sanctioned to operate as an FA Level 9 (trainee) referee.

Refereeing – Unit 5:

Having successfully graduated from the first four units of the training course, you will now officiate in a minimum of 5 games of football. These games of football (9V9 or 11v11), will be completed through our Academies or Chartered Standard Leagues providing a safe learning environment. Some of the games you will be supported by a FA Referee Mentor.

During this period, in addition to gaining practical experience, you will need to learn and revise the Laws of the Game thoroughly before returning to complete the final unit of the course.

Laws of the Game Examination- Unit 6:

This classroom session forms the final part of your Referee Course. Upon successful completion of the FA Examination of the Laws of the Game (multiple choice examination), there is an opportunity to review and discuss your learning experiences from your games. You will be awarded your FA Referee Certificate of Qualification. The candidate will be promoted from a Level 9 trainee referee, to a FA Level 8 Referee (if aged 14 or 15) or FA Level 7 Referee (if/when aged 16  or over).

Unit 6 can only be attended when a minimum of 5 games as an FA Level 9 (Trainee ) Referee have been refereed. It is possible to attend an alternate date to complete Unit 6 however this must be completed within 4 months of the date of the first practical training session at the start of Unit 2.

Cost - £130

The dates and venues are as follows:

Strode College, Street:
Sunday 9th July 2017                          9.30am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 11th July 2017                       6.30pm - 9.00pm
Sunday 16th July 2017                         9.30am - 4.30pm
Monday 23rd October 2017                 6.30pm- 8.30pm - Somerset FA,  Glastonbury

Strode College, Street:
Wednesday 26th July 2017                  9.30am - 4.30pm
Thursday 27th July 2017                      6.30pm - 9.00pm
Friday 28th July 2017                          9.30am - 4.30pm
Monday 13th November 2017             6.30pm- 8.30pm - Somerset FA Glastonbury

Writhlington School, Radstock:
Sunday 10th September 2017              9.30am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 12th September 2017             6.30pm - 9.00pm
Sunday 17th  September 2017             9.30am - 4.30pm
Monday 27th November 2017             6.30pm- 8.30pm - Somerset FA Glastonbury

Taunton Vale Sports Centre, Taunton:
Sunday 5th November 2017                9.30am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 7th November 2017               6.30pm - 9.00pm
Sunday 12th November 2017              9.30am - 4.30pm
Monday 22nd January 2017                 6.30pm- 8.30pm - Somerset FA Glastonbury

Bucklers Mead Academy, Yeovil:
Sunday 14th January 2018                   9.30am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 16th January 2018                 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Sunday 21st January 2018                   9.30am - 4.30pm
Monday 2nd April 2018                       6.30pm- 8.30pm - Somerset FA Glastonbury

Strode College, Street:
Sunday 25th February 2018                 9.30am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 27th February 2018               6.30pm - 9.00pm
Sunday 4th March 2018                       9.30am - 4.30pm
Monday 14th May 2018                      6.30pm- 8.30pm - Somerset FA Glastonbury

The Mini Soccer Referees Course:

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To book on this course please click here

For more information on refereeing in Somerset please contact Jo Stimpson at