FA Referee Course

The FA Referee Course

Course Overview

Minimum Age: 14

Course Duration: 34 hours

Price: £180 (Includes VAT of approx. £30)

Leading To: Registered Referee Status (either level 8 Youth Referee or Level 7 Junior County Referee)

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The first crucial step to developing as a referee

The FA Referees Course is designed for anyone aged 14 and up who wants to join the tens of thousands of referees who operate week in week out on local parks, throughout the English football pyramid, up to those who officiate The FA Cup Final and on the International stage. As a referee you play an integral role in ensuring all participants enjoy their match day experience, helping create a competitive, fair, safe and enjoyable playing environment.

Whether you want to referee in youth and adult leagues, men's or womens football or have aspirations of one day walking the ball out at Wembley Stadium, The FA Referees Course is the starting point for your refereeing career. Refereeing is not only rewarding in a football environment, but the social and life skills that come from becoming a referee extend far beyond your initial expectations.








These seven core values underpin all aspects of English refereeing and are all required from the start of your refereeing journey.

Once you have qualified as a referee, there is extensive support available through both your County FA and The FA, helping you to be the best you can be and fulfill your potential as a referee.

  • Overview of course expectations and commitments
  • Basic outline of the Laws of the Game to provide an initial understanding
  • Introduction to the DNA of English Refereeing and the process of completing the course

A mixture of practical and theoretical referee training, focusing on the key skills and techniques required to be a referee. This is then coupled with the practical application of law and the different scenarios that can be faced in a game. Some of the topics covered are; Signals & Communication, Fouls & Misconduct and Positioning & Movement.

Upon completion of Unit 4, a practical Evaluation of Performance and Assessment Of Knowledge is completed to ensure you are ready for Unit 5.

Officiating five 11v11 or 9v9 games, where you are offered a referee mentor to support you on your first few games, with a self evaluation of each game.

Call back session where there is the opportunity to share experiences on the five games refereed, what has worked well and what you might do differently in the future. A final Laws of the Game Examination and information on what happens now and what opportunities are available i.e. Promotion, Academies, Development Groups, In-Service Training etc.


Course Pre-requisites


Before starting Block 5, a Safeguarding Children Workshop and Criminal Records Check (if applicable) must be completed.

Please Note: This course should not be booked on behalf of another person (i.e. a parent/carer on behalf of a child). All booking forms must be completed by the individual who will be completing the course.


The FA Referees Course provides participants with an insight to the laws of the game and their practical application on the field of play. It also looks at the skills required to be a referee.

Candidates should feel comfortable to referee a game of football at the completion of the course, with 75% of the course being in a practical environment.

Sarah Garratt FA Referee Course

Available Dates

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No Available Dates?

If there are no available dates at this time, please be aware that as we only run referee courses between August and March each season. This is to allow the candidates to go straight into officiating matches after attending one of our courses.

Course Is Full?

Unfortunately we cannot squeeze anyone else on a course which is full and we do not operate a waiting list for unreleased courses. Please check back here for places becoming available due to cancellations or for additional dates being added in the future.

Important Information

We adhere to a strict cancellation policy and by enrolling onto our course you agree to have read and agree to be bound by our Policies & Procedures.

Referee Course FAQs
The minimum age to book onto and attend a referee course is 14. There is no maximum age.
If there are no referee courses showing or they are already sold out, please consider downloading the App from our web site and signing up to the message alerts to receive notification when new courses go live.

You will be required to enter your FA Number (FAN) and password to book onto a course or create a FAN and password when you go to book onto a referee course if you don’t have one already

Create A FAN here.

Please Note: You will need to create a new FAN for your Son/Daughter if you already have a FAN yourself, because the FAN used will be accepted as the person booked on.

Hertfordshire FA uses experienced referees as mentors, who are available at one of our Mentoring Centres on Sunday mornings (when most suitable matches are available) for trainee referees.

We suggest you should go through a Mentoring Centre to help in your development and best prepare you to then join a League after you attain your qualification. Details of these will be given to you as part of your course.

We organise Feedback Workshops regularly according to demand. If you have completed your 5 games and would like to register your interest to attend one of these, please complete the online form and we will get in touch with details of upcoming dates

• You must complete all the pre-course requirements in advance of attending the course

• Attend all dates of the course (3 days) and actively participate

• Complete any work set by the course tutors

• Pass the Laws of the Game test on day three of the course

• Commit to refereeing a number of matches through one of our mentoring centres or sourcing your own matches at an appropriate level for a trainee referee

• Attend a final feedback workshop within 6 months of the first day of your course (close season not included)

• Once qualified, join a League/Leagues to develop yourself further as a referee (and not refereeing for just one team or club)

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01462 677622 (Weekdays: 9am-5pm)