FA Grassroots Referees

Get into Refereeing

Make a difference to the game


Do you have what it takes to make the hard calls?

If you are up to the task refereeing is a great way to:

- Get into football

- Remain involved in the game after injury or retirement

- Play a vital role in ensuring players enjoy the game

- Increase participation in the sport

- Make new and lasting friends

Get In Touch

Referee Development Team

By Phone

01372 373543

By Email


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Laws of the Game guide

This new online guide is the official first step towards becoming a referee.

It’s free to complete, open to everyone 14+ and over five modules will carefully guide you through the Laws of the Game. You’ll be shown how each Law should be applied during matches, with plenty of opportunity to try what you’ve learned with several interactive activities. Once complete you’ll be ready to move onto the face-to-face training course.

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The Fa Referee Course


The FA Referee Course is designed for anyone aged 14 and up who wants to join the tens of thousands of referees who operate week in week out on local parks, throughout the English football pyramid, up to those who officiate The FA Cup Final and on the International stage.

As a Referee you play an integral role in ensuring all participants enjoy their match day experience, helping create a competitive, fair, safe and enjoyable playing environment. Refereeing is not only rewarding in a football environment, but the social and life skills that come from becoming a referee extend far beyond your initial expectations.

Before you can undertake this course, you must have completed The FA's online Laws of the Game Guide.




The FA's Respect programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, players and parents from grassroots to elite football - to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.

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