“Refereeing excellence, on and off the field”

Referee’s wishing to develop themselves before they can apply for promotion (at age 16) or after a couple of years’ experience, can apply to join The Hertfordshire FA’s Referee Academy through Watford Football Club, located at their London Colney Training Ground.

Referees will be Coached by experience referees and overseen by the Academy Manager – Norman Appleby (former Football League match official) who appoints referees to their games and arranges training and development meetings throughout the season to assist in the referees progression through the Referee Pathway outlined in the attachment below.

Any referee interested in applying to attend the County FA’s Referee Academy should look at the NEW Pathway attachment below and then contact Norman at

Anyone interested in becoming an academy mentor should have attained at least their Level 5 referee status in the past and have a valid FA CRC (CRB) and Safeguarding Children in Football Certificates as a pre-requisite before contacting Norman.

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