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FA Grassroots Referees

Make a difference to the game

Get into refereeing

Reasons to Referee

 Whether you aspire to referee a World Cup Final or help out your local youth or adult leagues, every journey is different.

By becoming a qualified referee you will:

  • Make new and lasting friends
  • Earn money for being a match official
  • Have the chance to stay active following injury / retirement
  • Develop a greater understanding of football
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Initial Training

The FA Basic Referee Course

The FA Basic Referee Course is essential to becoming a referee, and ensures your journey as a referee begins from the best possible platform.


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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If you're interested in becoming a referee in Surrey, then there's a couple of early steps we need you to take before we can enrol you onto the course.

Firstly, you must complete the Refereeing Course Questionnaire and return it to

Once complete, we will get back in touch to you to let you know when our next Welcome to Refereeing event is, which will let you in on all you need to know before starting the course.

Once complete, we will get in contact you with details about course dates, and how you can book on.

The refereeing courses we run vary depending on the time of year, however we try our best to accommodate everyone during busy periods - notably the Summer.

As well as the traditional 11-a-side football, there are plenty of other opportunities for you to get involved in. Futsal, Walking Football and Small Sided football are just some of the other variations that require referees.

Get In Touch

Referee Development Team

By Phone

01372 373543

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