Application process open for young referees.

The Referees' Association-Football Association (RA-FA) Youth Council is now seeking to recruit its members for the 2014-15 season. It is a fantastic opportunity for you to be involved in the future of refereeing in the country. With the growing number of County FA Youth Councils the RA-FA Youth Council are striving to provide support and a clear link into the RA-FA Youth Council, and therefore are looking for Regional Representatives to represent the counties in their regions.

About the RA-FA Youth Council

The RA-FA Youth Council was formed in the Summer of 2012. It is a group of 12 young people who represent each region of the country. The Youth Council works to support Youth Councils within County FAs with referee development. The RA-FA Youth Council acts the voice of young people in referee development, and strives to work with The FA and RA in ensuring the future of refereeing engages with the next generation of match officials.

Regional Representatives

Over half of England’s County FAs now have a County FA Youth Council, which shows the strong voice young people have within grassroots football. With the number of Youth Councils and volume of work they’re undertaking growing it is important that the RA-FA Youth Council can fully support those Youth Councils who are developing and supporting referees in their counties. In order to facilitate this support, the RA-FA Youth Council will be appointing Regional Representatives, one per region. Regional Representatives will provide the link between County FA Youth Councils and the RA-FA Youth Council, The FA and The RA. The role of these representatives include; maintaining and growing the number of County FA Youth Councils, promoting the support the RA-FA Youth Council can provide and sharing best practice. A full role description is attached.

How to Apply

In order to apply for one of the RA-FA Youth Council Regional Representative roles please complete the attached application form and submit by email to no later than Friday 29 August at 5pm.
Please provide two contacts, one from your County FA and one from your Local RA, should we wish to contact them for a reference of support. 

In order to apply, you must meet the following criteria:
• Aged 16-25 on 1st July 2014
• Registered FA referee for the 2014-2015 season
• Current RA full member for the 2014-2015 season

You will then be contacted if we wish to undertake a telephone interview with you. This is an informal conversation about your application and suitability for the role. These telephone interviews will take place between Monday 15 September and Thursday 18 September. 

More information

More information, including our meeting dates, are found within the attached application pack. Should you have any further questions please contact us at

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