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Referee ID Cards

New Referee ID Card Scheme 

As part of the Amateur FA’s commitment to safeguarding and ensuring we have the correct procedures in place to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk, this season we are introducing the Amateur FA Registered Referee ID card scheme. 

The aim of this initiative is to ensure that anyone officiating in youth football has the appropriate safeguarding qualifications in place to do so.


What you need to Officiate in Amateur FA football 

If you are officiating in youth football, you will need an in-date DBS (CRC). As from the 2020/21 season, you will also need an in-date Safeguarding Children Workshop qualification to officiate in youth football. 

If you are only officiating in adult football, your ID card will show this, alongside whether or not you have a DBS and if so, when it expires. 

To check that your Safeguarding Children Workshop and DBS are in date, please log into the Whole Game System and find all of your Safeguarding qualifications under ‘Account’. If your Safeguarding Children Workshop was completed before June 2018 and/or your DBS is due to expire and you would like to officiate in Youth football next season, please contact a member of our team on 0208 733 2613 and they will be happy to help.

We will be encouraging all of our clubs to check these cards on matchday. 
Alongside these ID cards, it is good practice to have emergency contact details with you on matchday. This should include the name and contact number for someone that can be contacted in case of emergency.