Become a Referee

Are you aged 14 or above, with a passion for football?

Why Referee?

Refereeing is a great way to be involved in football. There are opportunities for everyone, whether you only want to referee at your local club or progress to the international stage. It gives you the opportunity to remain active in the game following injury or retirement, to make new and lasting friends within the game and to play a huge role in ensuring the players enjoy their match day experience.

There has never been a better time to be a referee in England. And remember…it can be great fun!

How do I get started?

If you want to qualify as a referee, you will need to be at least 14-years-old, live in England and successfully complete the FA Referee Course.

To attend an FA referee course you will need to contact a member of the referee development team at Birmingham County FA or visit their website to find a course near you.

What are the Laws of the Game?

The Laws of the Game for 11-a-side football are set by The International Football Association Board (IFAB), which features representatives from FIFA, The Football Association, The Football Association of Wales, The Irish Football Association and The Scottish Football Association.

The Laws of the Game for 2016/17 can be found by clicking here.

What are the different refereeing levels?


Fifa List

Level 1

National List (Premier League and Football League

Level 2a

Panel Select List (Conference Premier)

Level 2b

Panel List (Conference North and South)

Level 3

Contributory League (Contributory Leagues) 

Level 4

Supply League (Supply Leagues)

League 5

Senior County (County Leagues)

Level 6

County (County Leagues)

Level 7

Junior (Amateur League)

Level Y
(Former 8)

Youth (14 or 15 years of age)

Level T
(Former 9)


Level D
(Former 10)

Developer (Workforce, Tutor, Observer, Mentor, Coach)

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