Coin toss

The FA Referee Course

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE CAN ONLY ACCEPT THOSE THAT ARE 16+ ONTO THE FA REFEREE COURSE.

Any learners booking onto the course that are under 18 years of age are required to attain parental/guardian consent to attend the course. Please complete the form and return to courses@amateur-fa.com when booking onto the course.

download the consent form here

 

Course Overview

Minimum Age: 14

Price: £135

Leading To: Registered Referee Status (either level 8 Youth Referee or Level 7 Junior County Referee)

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COURSE DETAILS

The FA Referee Course is designed to equip new referees with the key skills and knowledge they will need to be able to referee grassroots football matches safely and effectively.  It is for people aged 14 and over who want to referee mini soccer, 9 v 9 and/or 11 v 11 football.  

The course comprises online learning on the Laws of the Game and face to face training. You must complete the online learning before attending the face to face training. You will also need to complete online safeguarding training before attending the face to face training.

Course Content 

Online Learning

The online learning has five sections (modules) and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. There are lots of videos to demonstrate how the Laws should be applied, activities to help reinforce the important points and, at the end of each module, there are some questions to test what you’ve learned.  

The online learning can be accessed at https://falearning.thefa.com/course/view.php?id=1804 

If you are under the age of 16, you might find the information at the refereeing help centre useful when logging in.

This module covers the referee’s pre-match responsibilities and includes ensuring players’ kit is safe, how to carry out the coin toss and what a referee needs to take to a match with them.

This module contains short video clips (GIFs) which show every signal the referee and assistant referee might give during a match.

This module deals with foul challenges, violent conduct, handball, unsporting behaviour, DOGSO offences and advantage. It uses video clips from football at different levels to show how the referee should manage common scenarios.

This module also uses video clips, this time to demonstrate what is and isn’t offside and how the referee should manage offside offences. The clips, like those used in the ‘Getting it Right’ module, are voiced over to explain the decisions the referees make.

This module covers restarts and set-pieces, including goal kicks, corner kicks, throw-ins, free kicks and penalty kicks. It uses both video and illustrations to clarify what players must do at each restart and set-piece and explains what the referee should do if players don’t comply with the Law.

Face to Face Training

There is 11 hours of face to face training (normally one evening, followed by a full day), which mixes training room work with practical activity on a pitch. Key messages from the online learning are reinforced throughout.  The training room work includes:

Fun, interactive quizzes
How to establish rapport and build relationships with players and coaches
Recognising and dealing with foul challenges and handball
Managing offside
Dealing with inappropriate behaviour 
Managing players 

On the pitch, you will have the opportunity to turn your knowledge into skills through refereeing game based scenarios. You will practise:

Communicating decisions
Cautioning and sending off techniques
Managing the kick off, free kicks, penalty kicks, corner kicks and throw-ins 
Positioning in open play and at restarts
Being an assistant referee

Qualifying as a Referee

To qualify as a referee, you must also referee five games after you have attended the face to face training. You will then receive a certificate and an FA Referee badge.

You be supported through those five games by your County Football Association (CFA). As you continue your refereeing career, you will then be able to access further training opportunities, both online and face to face.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE CAN ONLY ACCEPT THOSE THAT ARE 16+ ONTO THE FA REFEREE COURSE.

Any learners booking onto the course that are under 18 years of age are required to attain parental/guardian consent to attend the course. Please complete the form and return to courses@amateur-fa.com when booking onto the course.

download the consent form here

Available Dates

Start Date
Venue
Time
6:00PM
Price
£135
Location
Alexandra Park FC
The Racecourse Ground
Alexandra Park Way
London
N22 7AX
Contact
020 8733 2613
courses@amateur-fa.com
Time
6:00PM
Price
£135
Location
The Jack Carter Pavilion
Oakfield Playing Fields
Ilford
IG6 2JL
Time
6:00PM
Price
£135
Location
Alleyn’s School
Townley Road
London
SE22 8SU
Time
6:00PM
Price
£135
Location
Actonians FC
Boddington Gardens Sports Ground
London
W3 9AP
Contact
02 08733 2613
courses@amateur-fa.com
Time
6:00PM
Price
£135
Location
Old Finchleians Club
12 Southover
London
N12 7JE

Important Information

We adhere to a strict cancellation policy and by enrolling onto our course you agree to have read and agree to be bound by our

Terms and Conditions.

Get in Touch

Visit our Helpdesk to find answers to our frequently answered questions.

Still need to contact us?

Phone: 020 8733 2613

Email: courses@amateur-fa.com 

safeguarding recertification

 

Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility.

Recognising the important role you play in football, safeguarding training and awareness must be updated every three years. Those who have previously attended a Safeguarding Children Workshop will be able to take the free online recertification course. Instructions on how to access this are available below!

Help keep football be safe, not sorry.

Safeguarding Recertification