The FA Referee Course
The latest information on Surrey FA referee courses
Following a thorough review of all of the courses we had planned for the 2020/21 season, we've been closely assessing the impact that lockdown and the COVID-19 crisis is having on all our learners. Having carefully considered the implications of running courses we have decided not to start delivery of any new face-to-face referee courses between now and December.
During this period our focus will be on supporting learners to complete courses already started before lockdown.
If you had previously booked a course which had not started we will be in contact with you directly to confirm the next steps and organise refunds for you.
Looking forward, The FA have been working on a brand new FA Referee course which will be made available soon. Bookings for this course are not open yet as we await further details, but you can express your interest via our referee course form below to be the first to hear about the new course when it is available.
We apologise for the inconvenience our decision regarding course delivery may have, but as I am sure you will appreciate our priority is to ensure safe delivery during these very challenging times and allow us to best support the new course when it is made available.
We hope to see you on a course very soon.
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- Overview of course expectations and commitments
- Basic outline of the Laws of the Game to provide an initial understanding
- Introduction to the DNA of English Refereeing and the process of completing the course
A mixture of practical and theoretical referee training, focusing on the key skills and techniques required to be a referee. This is then coupled with the practical application of law and the different scenarios that can be faced in a game. Some of the topics covered are; Signals & Communication, Fouls & Misconduct and Positioning & Movement.
Upon completion of Unit 4, a practical Evaluation of Performance and Assessment Of Knowledge is completed to ensure you are ready for Unit 5.
Officiating five 11v11 or 9v9 games, where you are offered a referee mentor to support you on your first few games, with a self evaluation of each game.
Call back session where there is the opportunity to share experiences on the five games refereed, what has worked well and what you might do differently in the future. A final Laws of the Game Examination and information on what happens now and what opportunities are available i.e. Promotion, Academies, Development Groups, In-Service Training etc.
Those wishing to book on the course must be 14 at the time of attending the course.
Once booked and having attended blocks 1-4, candidates must complete a DBS check (if aged 16 or over) and attend the FA Safeguarding Children’s Workshop prior to completion of block 5.
The FA Referees Course provides participants with an insight to the laws of the game and their practical application on the field of play. It also looks at the skills required to be a referee.
Candidates should feel comfortable to referee a game of football at the completion of the course, with 75% of the course being in a practical environment.