There is no game of football without a referee, it is at times a hard task, but equally given the right training can be a very rewarding one.
Match officials are often front row for some of the best goals, set pieces and brilliant moments of football. Referees perform a vital role in the game, and with the growth in the popularity of football, particularly for women and youth, the demand for match officials is increasing.
At the Amateur FA our Referee Development Team make it our aim to produce, support and enable a small army of highly motivated and immensely talented, FA qualified referees!
The Amateur FA supports the work of 300+ affiliated match officials, all of whom are dedicated to the grassroots game as much as they are to their own personal development.
Our referees are recruited, trained and assessed to enable a smooth grassroots operation. As they gain experience, further opportunities are provided to aid their development and progression. Appointments are made to County Cup ties, together with games in certain FA competitions.
This work is coordinated by our Referee Development Officer, who leads teams of volunteers working as tutors, examiners, mentors, coaches and observers.