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FA Grassroots Referees

Become a Referee

Thinking of becoming a referee?

  • Refereeing is a great way to be involved in football
  • There are opportunities for everyone
  • Remain active in the game following injury or retirement
  • Make new and lasting friends within the game
  • Play a huge role in ensuring the players enjoy their match day experience

Development & Courses

Thanks for your interest in becoming a referee. It is a very exciting time to get involved with refereeing - whether you’re after a new hobby, some extra money, enhancing your knowledge of the laws of the game, or maybe you’ve got one eye on refereeing the FA Cup Final, your journey into becoming a match official starts here! Before you make your decision and sign up to one of our courses, we ask everyone to complete some free online learning modules. They can be done in your time from the comfort of your own home and will give you an insight into what the full course entails. 

Find a course

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A helping Hand

Refereeing Support

Our referees are recruited, trained and examined to enable a smooth grassroots operation.  As they gain experience further opportunities are provided to aid their development and progression.  Appointments are made to adult and youth County Cup ties, together with games in certain FA competitions.