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.

This section contains all of the information you need to know about refereeing, whether you're looking to get started, or wishing to progress up the refereeing ladder.

If you have an immediate inquiry to do with refereeing, please contact the AFA Referee Development Officer, John Cooke.

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