Hertfordshire FA Referee Academy

Referee Academy

Mentoring & Training in Hertfordshire

Referee Mentoring and the Hertfordshire FA Referee Academy

Hertfordshire FA has three mentoring schemes at different locations in the County for new referees.

The schemes are for those who are looking for guidance and support through the early stages and matches to build experience and self confidence before joining a League.

Each of the three optional schemes has experienced referees who will look after you to make your experience an enjoyable one and will only appoint new referees to appropriate matches (normally at younger age groups) until they feel you are ready to progress to 9v9 and 11 a side matches.

The referee course requires trainee referees to officiate five qualifying matches in 9v9 and/or 11 a side football but you will only referee these formats when the mentors feel you are ready to do so. Trainee referees will be instructed to contact their nearest scheme to join and be offered matches dependent on an individuals availability.

At this time these are three centres for mentoring that are available and are very popular with new referees, so at times there may not be enough matches for all new referees but you will be considered when games become available.

Harvesters Club Referee Academy

Located on the outskirts of St. Albans on the way to Hatfield, this centre has been built up over a number of years where new referees are appointed to appropriate games to gain experience and confidence before moving onto 9v9 and 11 a side matches. Please contact Norman Appleby for more information.

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West Herts Referee Mentoring Programme

Referees in the Dacorum area of the County are appointed to appropriate matches and mentored by Colin or one of his experienced mentors who will look after new referees in their early matches before joining a local League. Please contact Colin Sherwood for more information.

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London Lions - Borehamwood Referee Academy

A new centre in the South of the County (just off the A1M at Borehamwood) offering the same support as the other two schemes but facilitating matches to new referees on a Sunday afternoon. Please contact Lee Browne for more information.

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Hertfordshire FA Referee Development

Referee Academy

Once a referee has qualified and gained experience they can apply to join our Referee Academy be considered for matches as at Watford, Stevenage and Arsenal Ladies.

If you’re interested in applying to attend Hertfordshire FA’s Referee Academy, please download the application form before contacting Norman Appleby.

Referee Academy FAQs
Unfortunately not at the moment. The three schemes we have are all run by volunteers who take time out from refereeing to mentor others and live in the areas where they manage the schemes
Trainee referees off a referee course don't yet have all the skills to manage a 9v9 game and so are guided through their early matches to develop them to be ready for a 9v9 match
No, if you cant get to one of them or you can source your own suitable matches you can do that but please remember to walk before you can run and do manageable matches to start with to gain confidence

The FA have regulations about this and 14 and 15 year olds cannot referee in matches at age group more than one year younger than they are, therefore a 14 year old referee can only referee matches upto Under 13's for example. Referees aged 16+ can referee any age groups in football including adults but I would advise referees to build up confidence and experience in youth football first before moving onto any adult matches

Only referees aged 16+ can act as an Assistant Referee in adult football.

The FA state the time frame is four months from the start of your course to completing your 5 qualifying games and submitting your detailed match form back to The County RDO but if this is not achievable for whatever reason we would be expecting trainee referees to commit to this requirement and complete their qualification in under a year of the course start date

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