The FA Referee Course
Surrey FA hosts many courses each season throughout the county.
If courses are showing as fully booked and/or you cannot make a date then please ensure you have filled out our course expression of interest form and completed the necessary online laws guide. We will notify you in advance of a new course going live in the very near future.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
The current cost of the course is £130.
If you are aged 16 and over and intend to referee youth football, there is also a £10 charge for an FA Criminal Record Check and a £30 fee for completion of the required FA Safeguarding Children Course. We will provide you with further details on how to complete these once you have booked.
It's worth remembering, as a qualified referee you will be entitled to match fees - so your financial outlay early on can quickly be made back through refereeing games.
Anyone aged 14 or over can become a referee. There is no upper age limit but candidates need to be able to fully participate in practical sessions to practice the skills of refereeing. Please contact email@example.com if you require any support or wish to discuss your circumstances.
Until you reach the age of 16, you will only be able to referee games involved children at one year younger than yourself.
All referees aged 16 years or over who wish to officiate in youth football must undertake an FA DBS check.
This is a simple online process and will require selected ID documents to be verified by Surrey FA staff/qualified personnel.
Please click here to download our FA DBS Guidance document for more information on starting the process - we strongly suggest you begin this early to avoid delays in being able to start refereeing.
Certification lasts for 3 years and costs £10 to complete each time.
In addition to the services of FA Referee Tutors, the following is included in the price:
- FA Referee resource pack upon completion of the course.
- Surrey FA registration fee (usual price £25) covered for your first season.
- A referee whistle.
- A set of red/yellow cards & cardholder.
- Access to league and club contacts to assist you in finding matches to officiate.
- A certificate of completion (following completion of five matches post course).
- FA Referee badge.
- Access to bespoke referee training including Surrey FA Development Group, Referee Academy and FA CORE membership and mentoring.
- Access to discounted Nike referee kit & equipment through our exclusive Surrey FA referee page on Kitlocker.com
All referees need to undertake the FA safeguarding children training and cannot register as a referee until they do so.
For those aged 14 and 15 you will be required to undertake the FA ‘Safeguarding For All’ Course (free to enrol). This course must be done by the end of your face to face referee training to undertake your five matches.
For anyone aged 16 and above you will be required to complete the FA ‘Safeguarding Children Course’ (£30 enrolment fee). This course must be done by the end of your face to face referee training to undertake your five matches.
Safeguarding certificates last for 3 years, at which point referees will need to renew their qualification. Surrey FA will support and remind you when these are due.