Ever tried playing a game of football without a referee? It's difficult, right...?
There are opportunities for everyone to get involved in refereeing, whether at your local club or on the international stage.
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.
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!
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COVID-19 RETURN TO FOOTBALL - REFEREE GUIDANCE
To support and inform all referees ahead of matches restarting, referee specific guidance has been produced and is available to download below.
DOWNLOAD: GUIDANCE FOR REFEREES
DOWNLOAD: SUMMARY OF GUIDANCE FOR REFEREES
Become a Referee
Thinking of becoming a referee?
- Refereeing is a great way to be involved in football
- There are opportunities for everyone
- Remain active in the game following injury or retirement
- Make new and lasting friends within the game
- Play a huge role in ensuring the players enjoy their match day experience
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.
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.