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Get into refereeing in Hertfordshire

Reasons to Referee

More and more and more people of all ages, genders, races and abilities are getting into refereeing.

For current and potential officials, refereeing is a great way to:

  • Give something back to the game you love
  • Remain involved in the game after injury or retirement
  • Play a vital role in ensuring players enjoy the game
  • Increase participation in the sport
  • Make new and lasting friends
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Reasons to Referee Football in Hertfordshire - Phil Sharp Hertfordshire FA Referee Development Officer
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Club Workshops

If your aspirations are to referee your local Under 9s on a Sunday morning rather than officiate at Wembley, then why not attend one of our club workshops.
The Hertfordshire FA offer educational classes aimed at educating parents, coaches and managers at clubs with a better understanding of what’s required to be a club referee.
There are two extremely valuable workshops for volunteers that have to ‘step-up’ when no registered match officials are on hand.

Learn more here

Make it official

The FA Basic Referee Course

If you want to qualify as a football referee you will need to do the basic FA referee training course.

The FA basic referee training course provides candidates with an understanding of the ‘Laws of the Game’ and provides them with the practical skills to be a match official.
Once you have passed the course and registered as a referee with Hertfordshire FA you will have a qualification recognised throughout England.

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With 65,000 mini soccer and youth football teams playing week in week out across England it is important that we all play our part to ensure it is played in a fun, safe and inclusive environment for all to enjoy.

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Answers to your frequently asked questions

Referee FAQS
You will be required to enter your FA Number (FAN) and password to book onto a course or create a FAN and password to book onto one 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.
The minimum age to book onto and attend a referee course is 14. There is no maximum age.
The course fee is £150.00 per candidate.

All bookings are made through a secure online portal and confirmations of bookings are generated back to you after payment has been made.

With limited places per course, bookings are received electronically on a first come, first served basis and once sold out are FULL

Candidates who book onto a referee course are required to read up on the Laws of the Game before attending so that they are aware of the terminology and understanding of law to assist them through the practical course.

All referee candidates are required to complete an FA Safeguarding certification and anyone aged 16+ and officiating in Youth Football will need to have a valid FA CRC certificate in place to be registered to referee any matches
Yes, Hertfordshire FA's Referee Development Officer - Phil Sharp used to be a Premier League and FIFA Assistant Referee and he runs such a workshop, through Clubs and Leagues that anyone aged 16+ can attend. See the Club Workshops section
If there are no referee courses showing, please consider downloading the App from our web site and signing up to the message alerts to receive notification when new courses go live.
Referee courses are organised so that they coincide with the football season between August - March, so that candidates can start actively refereeing once the course has concluded. They are arranged at different venues around the County to make them accessible for anyone

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