Hertfordshire FA re-registration


Referee registration with Hertfordshire FA

From 1st May 2018, referees in Hertfordshire are able to re-register for the following season.

We are encouraging all referees to register in the close season so as not to incur a £5 late fee, which will come into effect from 1st August.

Any referees that registered last season, including all new referees, should now be able to access The FA’s Whole Game System (WGS) to re-register for upcoming season.

We urge all referees to use this system to re-register online, as WGS is also the online process to submit misconduct reports to the County FA.

Log in to Whole Game System

Phil Sharp, Hertfordshire FA Referee Development Officer and Former FIFA Football Match Official
Hertfordshire FA has sent out re-registration guidance notes to all referees, using the email addresses held in FA records. If you have not received that email please download the guidance notes below.
- Phil Sharp, Referee Development Officer Referee Registration Guidance Notes

Answers to your frequently asked questions

Referee registration FAQs

Once registered you can update your personal details in Whole Game System. When logged in simply click on your name in the top right corner of the homepage to see the details we have saved for you. Click 'edit details' if anything needs changing and remember to click 'save changes' once completed.

Because the WGS system is the same system for referees to submit their misconduct reports we have advised referees to register online through this system but some referees who don't have access to a computer can register manually by completing a paper registration form. Please contact RDO Phil Sharp for a hard copy form.

Once the paper form has been completed, please send it with a cheque made payable to The Hertfordshire Football Association Limited in the post to The County Ground address at Letchworth.

Secondly, with the amount of paperwork registrations create each year we are trying to cut down on the amount of office admin, paper copies of these forms create.

Once registered with The Hertfordshire FA, a referee can then apply to join any local leagues that are suitable for their ability. It is for the referee to make direct contact with any league that they wish to apply to. It is free to join a League but you will have to apply to them to join.

The list of current Leagues and their referee secretaries can be downloaded below.

Leagues are instructed to use only registered referees and you will be asked for your registration number when joining them.

League Secretaries List

Yes, your registration lasts for one season and you are required to re-register each season before officiating any matches.The FA do have the following regulations about referees who have not re-registered: You can be unregistered for up to two seasons and then just re-register as long as your CRC and Safeguarding certificates are valid

If you have been unregistered for between two and five seasons you are required to successfully pass a Laws of Game test (arranged by The County FA) to make sure you are up to date on law before being able to register again plus complete The FA CRC and Safeguarding criteria

If you have been unregistered for five or more seasons you will be required to book onto the new practical referee course and complete The FA CRC and Safeguarding criteria to register again

There is no longer a Level 10 referee category. The FA have changed this level to Level D for Developer, which covers Observers, Tutors, Mentors and Referee Coaches for example and if you fall within this description of roles you should still complete the registration process through WGS.

There is no fee associated to a Level D registered referee, so when you get to the payment page it should state £0.00 before you complete the process.

Anyone who is not listed as an ‘active’ level 1 – 7 or level Y (Qualified referee aged 14-15) or T (Trainee) level referee or as a level D will have no level associated to their records and will be unable to register at present because the system only allows active referees and level D’s to register for the 2018-19 season

Yes, you will need your FAN number and Password to access the site. Your FAN was included in the re-registration email sent out to you or can be located in your Member Services account if you can’t find/remember it?
If you cant remember or don't have a password, when you log in to register it allows you to create a new password
Any referee aged sixteen or older and officiating in any youth football MUST have a valid FA CRC certificate to register. The Whole Game System wont allow you to register without it. Referees who only officiate in adult football are not required to have this certificate.
Many other Organisations such as Schools, Scouts and other Sports Organisations do have their own CRC checks and certificates BUT The FA will only accept their own certificates, so these other organisations CRC certificates don't count and you will have to complete an FA one

Referees going away to University can either register with The Hertfordshire FA before they move or can be transferred to the County FA where they will be studying and register with that County FA. You only pay one registration fee and can then referee anywhere in England

Email Referee Development Officer (RDO), Phil Sharp and let him know where you are going. He will contact the local RDO where you are studying to assist you in establishing the right contacts when you arrive there. See also University Transfer section

Yes your referee registration number will change each season. Once you have completed the online process in WGS to re-register (step 6 being the payment page) you can see your new registration number for next season by refreshing the site and going back to the first page you were taken to after accessing the site. Click on the Referee Administration tab to your Referee Dashboard page.

Get In Touch 

Anyone with further questions should contact Phil Sharp, Referee Development Officer at Hertfordshire FA


01462 650220 (Weekdays: 8am-4pm)



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