Referee Development Group

Unleash your full potential as a referee

The Surrey FA Development Group consists of Level 4, 5, 6 & 7 referees identified by the Surrey FA,
aged 30 or below, who referee Saturdays and midweek matches. To join the group, referees must have
the aspiration to obtain promotion to higher levels with the view of potentially turning professional.

Potential candidates are interviewed prior to joining the group to ensure we have a group of like-minded
referees. Such is the success of the group that many of the Level 3 referees, who have progressed on to the Football League and National League, still attend our group meetings, providing inspiration,
guidance and advice to those currently in the group due to the invaluable experience they can provide.


Craig Hicks 

Referee Development Officer

01372 373543

Referee Development Group

As part of the Referee Development Group, you are open to many unique opportunities and benefits.

This includes:

  • An individual referee coach to help you progress
  • Practical development sessions with the rest of the Development Group
  • Key insight from existing referees in Level 3 and above
  • The chance to referee in tournaments abroad 

To get started, send an email to and express your interest, and if you meet the criteria, we will get the process started. 


Yes, the Development Group has helped aide a selection of referees in their career. These include:

Football League:

  • Charles Breakspear
  • Darren Sheldrake
  • Lee Collins
  • Craig Hicks

Football League Assistant:

  • Michael Webb
  • Nigel Lugg
  • Paul Johnson
  • Greg Read

Firstly, conduct of referees that are members of the Surrey FA Development Group is closely monitored and scrutinised. Referees who are then selected for membership are expected to: 

  • Be a member of the Referee’s Association
  • Show commitment to the group by attending Surrey FA Development Group events
  • Communicate regularly and efficiently with their Referee Coach and Development Group Co-ordinator
  • Manage administration effectively and answer correspondences quickly
  • Keep Referee's Secretaries (League, FA and County FA) informed of their open and closed dates
  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner on and off the field
  • Maintain their fitness by living an appropriate lifestyle
  • Set goals and monitor their performance using self-evaluation
  • Maintain the highest levels of commitment to achieve their goals 

If you're interested, email expressing your interest and we will send you further information should you fulfill the criteria.