Referee Coach

Referee Coach

The role of the Referee Coach is to support the development and progression of Referees enrolled onto our Development Group and/or Referee Academy.


Surrey FA is committed to increasing diversity and maintaining an inclusive workplace culture. We welcome applications from all candidates regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or whether they have a disability.

The role of the Referee Coach is to support the development and progression of Referees enrolled onto our Development Group and/or Referee Academy.


As a Referee Coach you will be assigned to work with match officials on matchdays and support them to develop their officiating skills, using your knowledge to guide, mentor and provide feedback as part of the process.


For a specific review of the requirements for the role please review the accompanying role description and person specification.  



The aim of the Referees Development Group is to encourage and motivate a group of invited referees (all of whom are on or have recently been on the promotion scheme) who are considered to have the potential and ambition to reach the highest levels of refereeing.

The Development Group is seen as the recognised pathway for those wishing to attend the FA C.O.R.E programme in the future.

Each Referee on the Development Group will be assigned one Referee Coach each, with the Coach supporting them on a one to one basis throughout the season.



The aim of the Referees Academy is to develop new referees with the emphasis being on improving officials as both a referee and assistant referee to achieve a higher level.

Surrey FA is fortunate to have the Chelsea FC, Chelsea Women FC and Fulham FC academies located in Surrey and it is from these sites that the Referee Academy will operate.

Each week Surrey FA will appoint match officials to the various academies as part of our partnership with each club and we will use our pool of referees from our Referee Academy to fulfil these appointments.  Referee Coaches are assigned to groups of fixtures and will support multiple officials during each matchday.



All members of Surrey FA’s Referee Workforce (Observers, Developers, Mentors & Coaches) must undertake a mandatory two-hour Surrey FA safeguarding briefing prior to being assigned to matches – this is on top of the required FA Safeguarding training as outlined in the person specification.

Safeguarding briefings are planned for the following dates (pick one date):

Monday 6 September or Wednesday 15 September (18:30 – 20:30).  


As a voluntary role, Referee Coaches are not committed to complete a set number of hours or match observations per week, but will be expected to remain as active as possible throughout the season to ensure match officials being supported have continuity and regular support in order to best support

Training & Development

All members of Surrey FA’s Referee Workforce are expected to undertake regular professional development each season, whether through the FA, Surrey FA and/or Referee Association workshops.


The position is voluntary with expenses paid at a rate of £25 per game.

Term of role

Referee Coaches will hold the position for a period of one season, reviewed at the end of each season.


Referee support will be conducted during matchday at a time dependent on the chosen match officials scheduled appointment(s), requiring availability at evenings and weekends.

The Referee Academy takes place largely at weekends with occasional midweek fixtures, whilst the Development Group will also require attendance at meetings on roughly bi-monthly basis.

There will from time to time be a need for Referee Coaches to attend meetings and/or training at Surrey FA’s Meadowbank HQ and/or online as required.



Surrey FA is the governing body for football across Surrey. We represent more than 61,000 players, across 631 affiliated clubs, 3632 teams,17 leagues, 2601 coaches and over 1200 referees. SFA is a company limited by guarantee and a charity registered with the Charity Commission. We have 28 staff and a turnover of £1.3m.

SFA also operate the £8m Meadowbank Football Ground, the 3,000-capacity stadium with a FIFA Quality Pro 3G pitch. It is home to National League South side Dorking Wanderers FC as well as serving as a dedicated community venue for grassroots football. The facility is used to host our County Cup finals.

Surrey FA’s Board is made up of 12 Directors, supported by Committees and Working Groups to provide specialist experience and expertise to the Board and Executive team.

Surrey FA’s vision is simple; creating football opportunities for all. This is both representative of our passion for people to get involved, but also for our commitment to equality.

There are three key principles and values that guide Surrey FA in achieving our vision which is evident in everything that we do.


  • Excellence
  • Inclusion
  • Innovation


To apply for the role, please send a copy of your C.V. in addition to a one-page expression of interest statement to Brent Pettit outlining why you believe yourself to be suitable for the role and how your skills and experience would positively impact Referee development in Surrey.

The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Friday 3rd September.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact:

Brent Pettit, Referee Development Officer

07943 848 185