Football Match Officials

Refereeing Mental Health Champions

Would you like to be part of the Mental Health Champion scheme for match officials?

Would you like to be part of the Mental Health Champion scheme for match officials?

Are you a current or former Referee, Referee Coach, Referee Mentor or Observer? Are you committed to promoting positive mental health in refereeing and everyday life? The FA Refereeing Department is committed to supporting the mental health of referees and everyone involved in refereeing and is looking for Mental Health Champions to help them deliver this across the country.

Whilst many people are comfortable talking about their physical health, we know talking about and seeking support for our mental health can be a challenge. We all have mental health, just as we have physical health. As our bodies become unwell so too can our minds, with one in four adults and one in eight young people experiencing mental health problems each year.

Sadly, the cost of not talking about mental health can be devastating with almost 4,000 people taking their own lives each year.

As a founder signatory of the Mental Health Charter for the Sport and Recreation and the Heads Up Mentally Healthy Football declaration, The FA have worked with Mind to co-design a mental health champion role to help tackle the stigma within refereeing. Ultimately, we want to create an open environment so that referees and everyone involved in the refereeing community can talk openly and be supported.

Aim of the Mental Health Champion Role:

• To help the FA Refereeing Department to create a culture that promotes positive mental health.
• To encourage referees and those involved in refereeing to talk about mental health and to tackle mental health stigma.
• To support referees with, or with the potential to have, mental health problems.
• To signpost people to sources of professional mental health support.
• To encourage and support people back into refereeing.
• To be part of a champion network that supports each other and works together to develop the champion scheme.

If you are looking for a new challenge, would like to enhance your skills and network with likeminded people then take a look at the role description. Full training and support will be provided.

Role: Mental Health Champion
Contract type: Voluntary
Hours: Flexible - approximately 2 hours per week

Find Out More and Apply

For further information download the role description below, which gives details of the skills, experience and attributes required, along with details of the training and support that will be provided. To apply complete the form and return it to by 5pm on Thursday 5th August.

Download Role Description

Download Application Form

Interviews will be held (on Zoom) during weeks commencing 6th and 13th September. All champions will be required to attend a two-part, mandatory training course on either Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th September or on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th October (6pm – 9pm, on Zoom).

If you have questions about the role then please contact Richard Glynne-Jones on 07970 224380 or at