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The FA Referee Course

The latest information on Surrey FA Face-to-Face Referee Courses

We are currently running courses with limited spaces available. Course dates and venues will be advertised on our website. 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.

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The first crucial step to developing as a referee 

Face to Face Training

There is 11 hours of face to face training (normally one evening, followed by a full day), which mixes training room work with practical activity on a pitch. Key messages from online learning are reinforces throughout. The training room work includes:

  • Fun, interactive quizzes
  • How to etablish rapport and build relationships with players and coaches
  • Recognising and dealing with foul challenges and handball
  • Managing offside
  • Dealing with inappropriate behaviour
  • Managing players

On the pitch you will have the opportunity to turn your knowledge into skills through refereeing game based scenarios. You will practise:

  • Communicating decisions
  • Cautioning and sending off techniques
  • Managing the kick off, free kicks, penalty kicks, corner kicks and throw-ins
  • Positioning in open play and at restarts
  • Being an assistant referee

Qualifying as a Referee

To quality as a referee, you must also referee five games after you have attended the face to face training. You will then receive a certificate and an FA Referee badge.

You will be supported through those fives by your County FA. As you continue your refereeing career, you will then be able to access further training opportunities, both online and face to face.

Surrey FA Referee Courses - Learner Information Pack

Referee Course Booklet


Please note that those wishing to book on the course must be 14 at the time of attending the course. 


Places must be booked using the attendee details and FAN and not those of a parent. For guidance in creating a FAN for the first please click here or if in any doubt about whether you have a FAN already and/or or other FAN queries please contact for assistance.

Before attending your FA referee Course you MUST have completed the FA Online laws of the game guide.


Online Laws of the Game Guide

Whatever your role in football, the Guide will help improve your understanding of the Laws of the Game (and the variations for youth football) and it is available free of charge.

There are five sections (modules) to work through and it will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. Videos are used throughout to demonstrate how the Law should be applied and there are activities to reinforce all the key points.  There are some questions at the end of each module, all of which must be answered correctly to successfully complete the learning.

If you want to become a referee, then you must complete this learning on your own personal FAN record* before then attending the FA’s new face to face training course, which will be available as soon as Government guidance allows. 

*If you are under the age of 16 and need support creating a FAN, please follow the guidance available here

Launch the Course here

Once all sections of the Online Laws of the Game Guide are complete you are free to book a space on one of the available referee courses


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.

Available dates

Venue: Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon, GU3 3PE

Dates & Times: Wednesday 13th October (18:30 – 21:30) & Saturday 16th October (09:00 – 17:00)

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Venue: University of Surrey, Surrey Sports Park, Guildford, GU2 7AD

Dates & Times: Tuesday 26th October (18:30 – 21:30) & Saturday 30th October (09:00 – 17:00)

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Venue: Carrington School, Noke Drive, Redhill, RH1 4AD

Dates & Times: Wednesday 10th November (18:30 – 21:30) & Sunday 14th November (09:00 – 17:00)

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Venue: Carrington School, Noke Drive, Redhill, RH1 4AD

Dates & Times: Tuesday 23rd November (18:30 – 21:30) & Saturday 27th November (09:00 – 17:00)

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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.

Referee course FAQS

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 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

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.

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