The FA Referee Training Course

The Referee Training Course provides the introduction to officiating in football. The course will introduce the learner to The Laws of The Game and their application delivered through theory and practical elements, outlining the skills required to operate as a match official in grassroots football.

Course Aims and Objectives

To provide the learners with an introduction to the principles of officiating, delivering six modules of training around the laws, application and practical delivery on the training ground and through officiating a minimum of five matches. The course includes a Module 5 which is a three hour workshop covering their experiences and detailing what happens next.

Course Content


The course will introduce some key aspects in the following:

- Introduction to officiating
- Assessment of Knowledge
- Misconduct report writing
- Fouls and misconducts
- Written examination
- Theory DVD


Practical elements of the course will provide an introduction to:

- Module 2 – application of law
- Practical Skills and attributes

Practical Involvement:

Candidates will be required to participate practically to maximise their opportunities for learning.

Course Pre-requisites

Prior to certification, candidates are required to:

- Be at least 14 years of age
- Completed relevant FA Safeguarding Children training
- Hold a current FA CRC (aged 16 or over)

The above pre-requisites, for those who do not already hold the appropriate evidence, will normally be provided by recognised centres as part of the learning programme.

Period of Registration

12 months

Course Duration

21 Hours

How much does this course cost?

£130 - Course only

The course fee includes all appropriate study materials, FA Affiliation and Safeguarding Children Workshop, The FA CRC Enhanced check, a whistle, flags, cards and a notebook.

While refereeing the games in Module 4 you will receive a trainee referee’s match fee.

For further information regarding courses & bookings please email or call 01604 678401.

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