Hertfordshire FA re-registration


Get registered for the start of the new season

Hertfordshire referees can re-register for the 2021-22 season from 14 June 2021

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 will need to have completed their registration for the new season first.  

The easiest way to complete this process is online, via The FA's Whole Game System (WGS), which can be found through the link at the bottom of the page. All referees that registered last season, including all new referees, should have access to the WGS system to do this.

The Whole Game System provides referees at all levels with a comprehensive online administration package, with some appointing and discipline reporting being directed through the portal. This means referees at grassroots level enjoy many of the online processes currently available to colleagues operating at the highest levels of the game.

Through WGS you can update your personal details and manage your record as a referee, renew your registration, and pay the registration fee.

Safeguarding Requirements

From the 2021-22 season onwards all referees will require a safeguarding qualification. If you currently hold a safeguarding Children qualification and it is due to expire within 6 months you can access The FA's Safeguarding Children Recertification online (free of charge until end of June 2021).

If you do not currently hold a safeguarding qualification or it expired more than 6 months ago, you will need to complete The FA Safeguarding Children Course if you are over 16 years of age, or The FA Safeguarding for All  if you are under 16 (valid for 2021/22 season only).

Ready to register?

In order to register for the new season you must have:

  • Registered within the last two seasons
  • Completed an FA DBS check (if aged 16 or over) and have the necessary safeguarding children requirements
  • Have a debit or credit card

You access WGS using your FAN number and password. Please follow this guide to help you through the registration process.

We urge all referees to use this system to re-register online, as WGS is also the online process to submit misconduct reports to the County FA.

Log in to Whole Game System

Providing Consent for a Youth Referee

Please be aware that 14 and 15 year old referees who are going through the referee registration process will need to ensure their parents/carers have given them permission in Account Management first.

For details of how to do this you can download this guidance document.

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The Whole Game System provides grassroots referees with a comprehensive online administration package, meaning they can enjoy many of the online processes available to colleagues operating at the highest levels of the game
Referee registration FAQs

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 and you are required to re-register the next season before officiating any matches. You can be unregistered for up to two seasons and still re-register as long as your DBS and Safeguarding certificates are valid

If you have been unregistered for between two and five seasons you are required to successfully pass a Laws of Game test (arranged by The County FA) to make sure you are up to date on law before being able to register again. 

If you have been unregistered for five or more seasons you will be required to book onto the Referee Course. 

There is no longer a Level 10 referee category. The FA have changed this level to Level D for Developer, which covers Observers, Tutors, Mentors and Referee Coaches for example and if you fall within this description of roles you should still complete the registration process through WGS.

There is no fee associated to a Level D registered referee, so when you get to the payment page it should state £0.00 before you complete the process.

Yes, you will need your FAN number and Password to access WGS. If you can't remember your password you can reset it via the site 

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. 

Get In Touch

If you have a question please get in touch, we are here to help

By Phone:

01462 677622
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

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