FA Grassroots Referees

Make a difference to the game

Get into refereeing

Initial Training

The FA Basic Referee Course

The FA Referees Course is designed for anyone aged 14 and up who wants to join the tens of thousands of referees who operate week in week out on local parks, throughout the English football pyramid, up to those who officiate The FA Cup Final and on the International stage.

First Things First

the fa mini soccer referee course

  • Are you aged 14 or 15?
  • Interested in finding out if refereeing is for you?
  • Have a passion for the game?
  • Mini Soccer Referee’s Courses are for young referees who wish to taste refereeing by officiating 5v5 or 7v7 matches played between Under 7’s and Under 11’s.

Reasons to Referee

For current and potential officials, refereeing is a great way to:

  • Give something back to the game you love
  • Remain active in the game after injury or retirement
  • Play a vital role in ensuring players enjoy the game
  • Make new and lasting friends
  • There are opportunities and formats for everyone
  • Play a huge role in ensuring the players, and supporters, enjoy their match day experience
The FA Respect


The FA's Respect programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, players and parents from grassroots to elite football - to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.

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answers to your frequently asked questions


Simply fill out our expression of interest form below these questions and we will be in touch once courses are set up

Expression of interest form

Yes. You must be 14 years old to take both the mini soccer and full referees course

The full Referees course is £145.00 the mini soccer is £95.00

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0121 357 4278
(Monday - Friday)