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
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.
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.