FA Grassroots Referees

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Get into refereeing

Reasons to Referee

More and more people of all ages, genders, races and abilities are getting into refereeing. For current and potential officials, refereeing is a great way to:

  • Give something back to the game you love
  • Remain involved in the game after injury or retirement
  • Play a vital role in ensuring players enjoy the game
  • Increase participation in the sport
  • Make new and lasting frineds
  • Keep fit and healthy
  • Make some extra income 
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How To Get Started...

Trainee Referee Guide

Click below to download our trainee referee guide which will tell you everything you need to know about becoming a referee.

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. 

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


Get In Touch

Referee Support and Development

By Phone: 01432 342179
(8am - 4pm Monday - Friday)

By Email: referees@HerefordshireFA.com

On Twitter: @WFAHFARefs
The FA Respect


The FA's Respect programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, players and parents from grassroots to elite football - to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.

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