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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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Initial Training

The FA Basic Referee Course

Start your refereeing career with the FA basic referee course.

The course will provide candidates with a deeper understanding of the laws of the game and provides both theoretical and practical tuition. 

Once your qualified you'll have learned everything you need to know to confidently take to the pitch as a match official anywhere in England.

First Things First

Introduction Workshop

We run frequent club workshops to help teach club officials the basics required to officiate the odd game.

Herefordshire FA offer educational sessions aimed at teaching parents, coaches and managers a basic understanding of what's required to be a club referee.

If you're looking to help out your club or team on the weekend when there isn't an official on hand then these workshops are highly recommended.


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.

Get In Touch

Referee Support and Development

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

By Email: referees@HerefordshireFA.com

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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