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Referees' Association

Join the refereeing community


The Referees’ Association is run by referees for the benefit of referees and is administered from the RA's head office in Coventry.

The RA is organised into 306 local societies in three countries and most of its 13,500 members only experience their local society but are safe in the knowledge that they all have the support of the county and national structures. 

Your Local Referee Associations

To take advantage of the benefits of becoming a member of the Referees' Association, please contact your local referees' association.

Northampton Referees' Association

Wayne Chalmers | 01604 647471 |

Peterborough Referees' Association

Tom Beeton | 07854 362623 | 


Luke Scott

Referee Development Officer


Telephone: 01604 678401 


The RA operate an extremely low cost Personal Accident Insurance scheme for members, which is currently £4.00 per year, providing insurance cover whilst travelling directly to and from a game and during a game, whilst on recognised referees' society business and also for the theft of refereeing equipment to the value of £200. The weekly benefits provided are at the rate of £100 per week if a referee is injured as a result of an accident. The insurance policy only covers UK resident members of the Association whilst refereeing in the UK. 

The RA stock an extensive range of good quality kit and accessories at competitive prices. Further details of these products and services are given on the RA website's shop pages which are devoted specifically to those items. 

The RA hope that members never need assistance from the Benevolent Fund but, sadly, some of members do fall on hard times and are in need. Whatever the reason for this need the Benevolent Fund is there to assist all of the RA's members.

Local societies operate like a self-help group where referees meet together to discuss different aspects of the game and learn from each other to improve refereeing skills. Continual in-house training on the interpretation and implementation of law helps to improve match day performances. By discussing refereeing issues with colleagues from different levels of the game, you are able learn from the experiences of others and implement methods of best practice which will improve your match day performance and increase your enjoyment of the game. Most local societies have a representative on the local league or competition to ensure that problems can be quickly discussed and resolved. 

Local societies within a County FA area combine together to form a County Association, which enables them to discuss matters of common interest. Most County Associations have a representative on either the Referees’ committee or the Board / Council of their parent County FA. 

The three National Associations maintain a very close working relationship with their parent National FA and discuss matters on behalf of members to resolve problems.

As a referee, you will benefit from the skills, protection, peace of mind, training, insurance and above all the camaraderie that membership of the Referees’ Association will give. The RA believe that everyone involved in refereeing should be a member.