FA Grassroots Referees

Get into Refereeing

Make a difference to the game

Reasons to Referee

From local grassroots football on a Sunday morning right through to the FA Cup Final at Wembley, every football match needs a referee.

Thinking of becoming a referee?

Great way of staying in the game if playing isn't for you
Improves fitness
Builds character
 Opportunities to socialise within the referee community
Helps ensure players enjoy their matchday experience

Sian Massey-Ellis
Initial Training

The FA Basic Referee Course

If you want to qualify as a football referee you will need to do the basic FA 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 Amateur FA you will have a qualification recognised throughout England.

Upcoming Training Events

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The FA Respect


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 Latest News for Referees

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