NETWORK AND DEVELOP WITH FELLOW REFEREES
To help improve the performance of officials and increase the refereeing network, several Associations and Societies are made available through both the Amateur FA and the Football Association.
The London Society of Association Referees (LONSAR) has a history going back over 100 years. It recently merged with the larger AFA Referees’ Society to become the AFA & LONSAR Referees Society and is currently the largest and one of the most vibrant Societies in the Referees’ Association (RA).
The main purpose of the Society is to provide a local club where members are encouraged to participate in AFA and other football, either actively or by passing on their experience to others. The focus is on improving the standard of refereeing and the status of referees, by encouraging attendance at monthly meetings where there are top guest speakers from the world of refereeing (including Premier League Referees).
Members are warmly welcomed at the monthly meetings. These also offer the opportunity to discuss law queries and personal match incidents, and to participate in popular training sessions on varied aspects of refereeing often using DVD clips, leading to improved on-field performances.
Advice from experienced members on all aspects of refereeing is freely available to all levels of referee. The social side is catered for through an annual dinner which includes refereeing awards, and a bar where the world of refereeing is put to rights before and after meetings.
Kit and equipment can be purchased through the Society Supplies Officer, and personal accident insurance through the RA. Physiotherapy cover is available as an optional extra. A “100 Club” offers the possibility of winning cash through a monthly draw.
A major feature of the Society is the distinctive and well-respected monthly magazine, the “AFA Argus”, which is considered one of if not the best around. Members are kept up-to-date and entertained with what’s going on through news, views and technical items.
Annual membership varies with age but is around the cost of one match fee.
Find out more about AFA & LONSAR Referees’ Society by contacting John.Cooke@Amateur-FA.com or 020 8733 2613 #8.
Alternatively, find out more about The Referees' Association (RA) by checking the Frequently Asked Questions section below.