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The FA: get into… refereeing!

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Interested in becoming a Football Referee? Or Maybe you just simply want to understand why certain refereeing decisions are made? Well, you’re not the only one, more and more people of all ages, genders, races and abilities are getting into refereeing.

If you would like to become a qualified referee, you need to take part in a Basic Referees Course with your local County Football Association.

If you would like to speak to someone in your area then please use this link which will direct you through to the appropriate County Football Association where a member of staff will be happy to help.

If you’re still in the browsing stage, there are more details on the Information for Referees page, take a look.
To become a referee you must be at least 14 years old and a resident of England.

If you’re looking to find out more about refereeing Click below and read away.

Laws of the Game
Learn about the Laws of the Game applied by match officials in games across the country.

FA Competition Rules & Instructions (pdf)
Extracts of the Rules and Instructions for The FA Cup, Trophy, Vase and Youth Cup Competitions.

National Referee Development Programme
The National Referee Development Programme is the initiative created by The FA to help referees to achieve their potential in the game. Read more about what it could do for you.

Information on the RA-FA Incentive Scheme
The RA-FA Incentive Scheme is a points-based initiative allowing you to redeem equipment and kit for actively contributing to refereeing.

Women’s Development
One of the National Game department’s primary objectives is to get more women involved in refereeing. To help this, we have developed the Women’s Pathway to support women in achieving their potential.

More formats of the game
There are more versions of the game than simply 11-a-side. Find out more about the Small-Sided game, Futsal and Disability football.

Meet our workforce
As well as the team at Wembley, thousands of staff and volunteers around the country aid referee development. Find out more about their roles and how they support referees.

RA-FA Youth Council
The Council is a group of 12 referees aged 16-25 who aim to improve the landscape for other young officials.

Information on the Contributory League
The latest referee appointments for the following Leagues:

  • Conference North
  • Conference South
  • Western League Premier Division
  • Eastern Counties League Premier Division
  • Southern League Premier Division
  • Southern League Division One Central
  • Southern League Division One South & West
  • Isthmian League Premier Division
  • Isthmian League Division One North
  • Isthmian League Division One South
  • Northern Premier League Premier Division
  • Northern Premier League Division One North
  • Northern Premier League Division One South
  • Northern League Division One
  • Northern Counties East Premier Division
  • North West Counties Premier Division.