FA Referee Course

The FA Referee Course

Course Overview

Minimum Age: 14

Price: £80

Leading To: Registered Referee Status (either level 8 Youth Referee or Level 7 Junior County Referee)

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The first crucial step to developing as a referee

The FA Referees Course is designed for anyone aged 14 and up who wants to join the tens of thousands of referees who operate week in week out on local parks, throughout the English football pyramid, up to those who officiate The FA Cup Final and on the International stage. As a referee you play an integral role in ensuring all participants enjoy their match day experience, helping create a competitive, fair, safe and enjoyable playing environment.

Whether you want to referee in youth and adult leagues, men's or womens football or have aspirations of one day walking the ball out at Wembley Stadium, The FA Referees Course is the starting point for your refereeing career. Refereeing is not only rewarding in a football environment, but the social and life skills that come from becoming a referee extend far beyond your initial expectations.








These seven core values underpin all aspects of English refereeing and are all required from the start of your refereeing journey.

Once you have qualified as a referee, there is extensive support available through both your County FA and The FA, helping you to be the best you can be and fulfill your potential as a referee.

  • Overview of course expectations and commitments
  • Basic outline of the Laws of the Game to provide an initial understanding
  • Introduction to the DNA of English Refereeing and the process of completing the course

A mixture of practical and theoretical referee training, focusing on the key skills and techniques required to be a referee. This is then coupled with the practical application of law and the different scenarios that can be faced in a game. Some of the topics covered are; Signals & Communication, Fouls & Misconduct and Positioning & Movement.

Upon completion of Unit 4, a practical Evaluation of Performance and Assessment Of Knowledge is completed to ensure you are ready for Unit 5.

Officiating five 11v11 or 9v9 games, where you are offered a referee mentor to support you on your first few games, with a self evaluation of each game.

Call back session where there is the opportunity to share experiences on the five games refereed, what has worked well and what you might do differently in the future. A final Laws of the Game Examination and information on what happens now and what opportunities are available i.e. Promotion, Academies, Development Groups, In-Service Training etc.


Course Pre-requisites


Before starting Block 5, a Safeguarding Children Workshop and Criminal Records Check (if applicable) must be completed.

Please Note: This course should not be booked on behalf of another person (i.e. a parent/carer on behalf of a child). All booking forms must be completed by the individual who will be completing the course.


The FA Referees Course provides participants with an insight to the laws of the game and their practical application on the field of play. It also looks at the skills required to be a referee.

Candidates should feel comfortable to referee a game of football at the completion of the course, with 75% of the course being in a practical environment.

Sarah Garratt FA Referee Course

Available Dates

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Important Information

We adhere to a strict cancellation policy and by enrolling onto our course you agree to have read and agree to be bound by our Terms and Conditions.

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If you're interested in taking up refereeing but can't see an upcoming course, don't worry! We will be organising a course soon, just email Info@HerefordshireFA.com to register your interest and we will send you updates on future courses when they are announced.

The FA Basic Referee Course


In addition to the 3 day course and services of the FA Referee Tutor the following is included in the price:

  • Laws of the Game Book and DVD
  • Refereeing Folder containing advice on refereeing, fitness and misconduct
  • Safeguarding and Respect Training
  • Whistle, match book with red and yellow cards, pencil match record pad
  • Access to a Referee Mentor during your first season
  • Registration to the Herefordshire FA
  • Enhanced CRC
  • Certificate and FA Referees Badge following your first 5 games
  • Associate membership of the Herefordshire Referee's Association


Referees will receive a match fee of approximately £15-25 which varies dependent on the competition and age group of the match. Referees can also receive expenses for mileage in some competitions. Therefore after completing your first 5 training matches you will have earned around £100 and already made back the cost of your course. 

All referees aged 16 years or over who wish to officiate in youth football must undertake an FA CRC enhanced check. This is a simple online process which will be fully explained to you during the course. Certification last for 3 years.

The course includes a mixture of practical and theory work. You will receive the following training:

  • Introduction to Refereeing 
  • Practical Referee Training
  • Fouls and Misconduct Training
  • Practical Referee Training and Evaluation
  • Experience and Mentored unit
  • FA Examination & Call Back unit


Herefordshire FA provide a strong support network for newly qualified referees. In addition to being mentored early-on, you will be invited to attend development sessions with relevant advice available. You can also contact the County FA Referee Development Team at any time should you have any issues or questions.

Once qualified you will start out as either an FA Level 8 Referee (If Under 16) or an FA Level 7 Referee (if aged 16+). 

Herefordshire FA is keen to see and help its referees develop and progress to achieve their full potential and as such, have a structured promotion pathway for referees. The basic requirement is that you must have refereed a minimum of 20 games prior to seeking to be promoted. Applications to Herefordshire FA for promotion are made during February of each year. For further details contact your Referee Development Officer at the County FA offices.