The FA Referee Course
The latest information on Surrey FA Face-to-Face Referee Courses
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.
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 before then attending the FA’s new face to face training course, which will be available as soon as Government guidance allows.
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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.