Get registered for the start of the new season
Hertfordshire referees can re-register for the new season from 1 June onwards
We encourage all referees to register as early as possible in order to be ready for the resumption of football, as anyone taking games (including friendlies and tournaments) after 1st July needs to have completed their registration for the new season first.
You can register directly through the Referee Registration portal, or through Whole Game System.
The FA's My Account can also be used to check, update, or populate your address, phone, and email information as in doing so will ensure that we are able to correspond with you using your correct information.
Safeguarding and DBS Requirements
All referees now need to hold an in date safeguarding qualification, either the Safeguarding For All or Safeguarding Children Course. In addition, all adult referees (age 16+) refereeing in youth football require an in-date FA DBS check in order to register. Your DBS and Safeguarding status will be listed in the Referee Registration process, or the is listed on My Account under Safeguarding.
Guidance on Re-registering
If you are an adult referee you should refer to this help page, Re-Registering as a Referee (16+) for more details on how to register.
Please be aware that 14 and 15 year old referees who are re-registering will first need to ensure their parents/carers have given them consent in Account Management, details can be found on this page Providing consent for a 14 or 15 year old.
For any other issues regarding your re-registration you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
We encourage all referees to register as early as possible to be ready for the resumption of football, as officiating in matches (including friendlies and tournaments) after 1st July require a completed registration
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 Whole Game System is also where referees need to submit their misconduct reports etc, we strongly advise referees to register online through this method. For those referees who don't have access to a computer please contact us so that we can discuss alternative arrangements.
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. Contact details for leagues can be downloaded from our main referee page.
Yes. Your registration lasts for one season (expiring on 30th June) and you are required to re-register for the next season before officiating any matches.
The FA Regulations state that a Referee who has failed to register as a Referee with The Association for between two and three seasons shall not be re-registered until they have successfully undertaken and completed a Laws of the Game examination, as determined by the Affiliated Association. The Affiliated Association may then register the Referee at their former Level (up to Senior County Referee) once they are satisfied with his/her competence.
A Referee who has not been registered for more than three seasons must attend and successfully complete the practical assessment and examination of The FA Referee Course, at which point they will be registered at a level (up to Senior County Referee) determined by the Affiliated Association. The Affiliated Association must not charge more than the sum determined from time to time by The Association for attendance at the assessment and examination.
Any referee aged sixteen or older and officiating in any form of youth football (Under 18 and below) must have a valid FA DBS to register. The Whole Game System won't allow you to register without it.
While many other organisations such as schools, Scouts and other sports bodies do have their own DBS checks, but The FA can only accept their own so you will need an FA DBS if you wish to register as a referee for any form of youth football (Under 18 and below)
Referees going away to University can either register with 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
Yes your referee registration number will change each season. Once you have completed the online process in WGS to re-register you can see your new registration number for next season by refreshing and going back to the first page you were taken to after accessing the site.
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