Referee summons player



Referees perform a vital role in the game, and with the growth in the popularity of football, particularly for women and children, the demand for match officials is increasing.

The Football Association estimates that in some areas of the country, 20 per cent of games are played without a qualified match official. The Football Association's goal is to recruit 10,000 referees a year to ensure that, in future, every game has a qualified official who is receiving regular training and support from an FA mentor programme and helpline.

We can provide all of the information you need to know about refereeing, whether you're looking to get started, or wishing to progress up the ladder.

If you have an immediate inquiry relating to refereeing, please contact or 020 8733 2613.

Become a Referee

Thinking of becoming a referee?

  • Refereeing is a great way to be involved in football
  • There are opportunities for everyone
  • Remain active in the game following injury or retirement
  • Make new and lasting friends within the game
  • Play a huge role in ensuring the players enjoy their match day experience
FA Grassroots Referees

Development & Courses

At the AFA we offer a number of referee development opportunities throughout the year for officials at all stages of their journey; from those looking to become qualified referees to those climbing the promotion ladder.

For Referee Development opportunities please contact Deryll at on

To book onto a Referee course, contact

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A helping Hand

RefereeingĀ Support

Every referee starts out at the bottom of a ladder, looking to learn and develop their skills throughout their refereeing career. Most are looking for promotion, some with modest targets; some perhaps even with the hope of eventually refereeing in a World Cup Final.