Football needs referees at all levels – from youth mini soccer games to the professional game
With the range of different types of football being played, we offer a range of referee training courses to suitably qualify and prepare referees to operate in the most appropriate and enjoyable form of the game for them.
Aged 14 – 18?
The first stage on your referee ‘journey’ is to train as a mini soccer referee. This one day and one evening course costs £85 and prepares candidates to referee the younger age groups playing the 5v5 and 7v7 formats of the game. After taking the initial training course you will need to referee a minimum of 3 mini soccer games before coming back for a final assessment evening, after which you will become a qualified, certified and registered referee operating as a Mini Soccer specialist.
Mini Soccer referee courses are held at a wide variety of locations across the County throughout the year. Please visit our Course Booking pages at to book onto the next available course.
Progression into 11v11:
Mini Soccer referees who have an interest in progressing further into the 9v9 or 11v11 formats of the game can then become eligible to do so via a further one day and evening conversion course, costing £50. This course will prepare you to referee the older age groups in youth football and to move into refereeing adult football. After completion of the conversion course you will then be allocated a league to referee 6 games in your local area. These will take place on 6 consecutive Sundays and must be adhered to. Candidates will be required to forego any other footballing commitments to referee on these dates.
After completing all of the elements above new referees will attend a final assessment module, upon completion of this you will become a fully qualified, certified and registered Junior County Referee at level 7 or 8 and be eligible to make a career out of refereeing – you could be operating on the Premier League in a matter of a few years!
Conversion courses from Mini Soccer à 11v11 are held at a variety of locations across the County throughout the year. Mini Soccer referees who have completed their initial training courses will be notified of upcoming courses and the link to book onto them by the Referees Department.
Aged 18 or over?
As an adult starting out as a referee it is likely that you will already have an interest in starting to referee in the 11v11 format of the game. Whilst adult candidates are more than welcome to follow the training route outlined above, those who are prepared to start refereeing in adult football can go straight onto an 11-a-side referee training course. This is a 2 day, 3 evening course costing £135 and will be practically based to prepare you to referee in adult 11v11 football. After completion of the course you will then be allocated an adult league to referee five games in your local area. These will take place on five consecutive weekends (generally on a Sunday, although Saturdays can be arranged if you are prepared to travel out of your local area) and must be adhered to. Candidates will be required to forego any other footballing commitments to referee on these dates.
After completing all of the elements above new referees will attend a final assessment module, upon completion of this you will become a fully qualified, certified and registered Junior County Referee at level 7 and be eligible to make a career out of refereeing – you could be operating on the Premier League in a matter of a few years!
11-a-side referee training courses are run in the Summer, in preparation for the new season and take place in a variety of locations, including Bedworth, Kenilworth, Nuneaton, Tamworth, , Solihull, North Birmingham and Stourbridge. To apply for one of these courses please visit our course booking page here
Small Sided Football and Futsal
We offer courses in the Small Sided (generally 6-a-side and played at commercial centres such as Goals, Powerleague and Leisure Leagues) and Futsal (The FIFA approved version of the 5-a-side game, played by many top players such as Messi and Ronaldo as youngsters).
Generally the small sided referees course is run via one of the commercial providers, with the County providing the training and certification. Therefore we suggest you make contact with your local FA-affiliated small sided provider if you are interested in refereeing this format of the game.
Futsal referee training courses are often run regionally and to demand. Therefore to register your interest in training as a Futsal only referee please make contact with the Referees Department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org