Referees play a vital role in grassroots football across our County and across the country.

That’s why we are dedicated to producing, supporting and maintaining an incredible cohort of talented Referees here at Birmingham County Football Association. We work hard to provide a wide range of opportunities and support to the 1500+ registered referees officiating across the County already, and encourage those looking to get into refereeing for the first time.

Our referees are recruited and trained to progress to higher levels within grassroots football, and gain experience to unlock further opportunities. Appointments are often made to adult and youth County Cup ties, together with games in certain FA competitions.

Refereeing allows you 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.

Get in touch

Keiran Forrest, Referee Development Officer

M: 07415 063126

Nicola Belcher, Referee Development Assistant

M: 07852 115732


National referee strategy

In July 2023, The FA launched an ambitious new strategy for grassroots refereeing in England, providing a clear direction for the future of officiating over the next three years and beyond.

Development & Courses

We offer development opportunities for officials at all stages of their journey - from those looking to become qualified referees, to those climbing the promotion ladder. 

To view further information about the Referee Course, please click here.

A helping Hand

RefereeingĀ Support

Our referees are recruited, trained and examined to enable a smooth grassroots operation.  As they gain experience further opportunities are provided to aid their development and progression.  

Appointments are made to adult and youth County Cup ties, together with games in certain FA competitions.