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Get Into Refereeing

Make a difference in the game


Reasons to Referee

More and more and more people of all ages, genders, races and abilities are getting into refereeing.

For current and potential officials, refereeing is a great way to:

  • Give something back to the game you love
  • Remain involved in the game after injury or retirement
  • Play a vital role in ensuring players enjoy the game
  • Increase participation in the sport
  • Make new and lasting friends

The FA Respect
creating enjoyable environments for all


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.

The FA National Refereeing Strategy
Initial Training

The FA Basic Referee Course

If you want to qualify as a football referee you will need to do the FA Basic Referee Training course.

The FA Basic Referee Training course provides candidates with an understanding of the ‘laws of the game’ and provides them with the practical skills to be a match official.
Once you have passed the course and registered as a referee with Northamptonshire FA, you will have a qualification recognised throughout England.


You will be required to enter your FA Number (FAN) and password to book onto a course or create a FAN and password to book onto one if you don’t have one already

Create a FAN by clicking here.

Note: You will need to create a new FAN for your son/daughter if you already have a FAN yourself, because the FAN used will be accepted as the person booked onto the course.


The minimum age to book onto and attend a referee course is 14. There is no maximum age.

The course fee is £110.00 per candidate.

All bookings are made through a secure online portal and confirmations of bookings are generated back to you after payment has been made.

With limited places per course, bookings are received electronically on a first-come-first-served basis and once sold out are full.

All candidates are required to complete two free online courses before the start of the FA Referee Course. The courses are:

  • The FA laws of the game
  • The FA safeguarding for all certification


In addition to this, anyone who is 16+ and wishes to officiate in youth football is required to complete an FA DBS check, which needs to be successfully in place before they can officiate in any fixtures.


All of this information is sent to candidates via email after they book onto the course and before the start date to give them sufficient time to complete it


Olly Mackey

Referee Development Officer


Telephone: 01604 678401 

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