FA Referee Course

The FA Referee Course

Course Overview

Minimum Age: 14

Price: £55

Leading To: Registered Referee Status (either level 8 Youth Referee or Level 7 Junior County Referee)

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The first crucial step to developing as a referee

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. As a referee you play an integral role in ensuring all participants enjoy their match day experience, helping create a competitive, fair, safe and enjoyable playing environment.

Whether you want to referee in youth and adult leagues, men's or womens football or have aspirations of one day walking the ball out at Wembley Stadium, The FA Referees Course is the starting point for your refereeing career. Refereeing is not only rewarding in a football environment, but the social and life skills that come from becoming a referee extend far beyond your initial expectations.








These seven core values underpin all aspects of English refereeing and are all required from the start of your refereeing journey.

Once you have qualified as a referee, there is extensive support available through both your County FA and The FA, helping you to be the best you can be and fulfill your potential as a referee.

  • Overview of course expectations and commitments
  • Basic outline of the Laws of the Game to provide an initial understanding
  • Introduction to the DNA of English Refereeing and the process of completing the course

A mixture of practical and theoretical referee training, focusing on the key skills and techniques required to be a referee. This is then coupled with the practical application of law and the different scenarios that can be faced in a game. Some of the topics covered are; Signals & Communication, Fouls & Misconduct and Positioning & Movement.

Upon completion of Unit 4, a practical Evaluation of Performance and Assessment Of Knowledge is completed to ensure you are ready for Unit 5.

Officiating five 11v11 or 9v9 games, where you are offered a referee mentor to support you on your first few games, with a self evaluation of each game.

Call back session where there is the opportunity to share experiences on the five games refereed, what has worked well and what you might do differently in the future. A final Laws of the Game Examination and information on what happens now and what opportunities are available i.e. Promotion, Academies, Development Groups, In-Service Training etc.


Course Pre-requisites


Before starting Block 5, a Safeguarding Children Workshop and Criminal Records Check (if applicable) must be completed.

Please Note: This course should not be booked on behalf of another person (i.e. a parent/carer on behalf of a child). All booking forms must be completed by the individual who will be completing the course.


The FA Referees Course provides participants with an insight to the laws of the game and their practical application on the field of play. It also looks at the skills required to be a referee.

Candidates should feel comfortable to referee a game of football at the completion of the course, with 75% of the course being in a practical environment.

Sarah Garratt FA Referee Course

Available Dates

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Important Information

We adhere to a strict cancellation policy and by enrolling onto our course you agree to have read and agree to be bound by our Terms and Conditions.

Jersey FA Basic Referee Course runs  throughout the year, as long as suitable participants are available. Make sure you register your interest so we can contact you for the next available course. 


Your first step is to contact our Referee Development Officer Paul Kemp - Paul.Kemp@jerseyfa.com - and then sign up for the next FA Referee Training Course.

Anyone over the age of 14 can become a referee.

All that is required is a passion for the game and the successful completion of the FA Basic Referee course.

The Referee Development Centre (RDC) runs a weekly three hour theory and practical training session for young referees where they can learn about refereeing and officiate games in a high quality learning environment. The RDC provides young officials, who have recently completed their FA Basic Referee Training Course, with the opportunity to work as a team under the guidance of Jersey FA RDC Co-ordinator Paul Daniel.

For more information please visit the RDO page of this website.

To start you are usually appointed to junior games and as your refereeing experience grows, you will be moved up through the age brackets and into senior football. If you wish, you can choose to stay in Junior football. For youth referees (U14 - U18s) you are only able to referee games up to one year below your age bracket.


The Jersey FA allocates a mentor to each new referee. The mentors attend fixtures to offer feedback, analysis and support.

Once qualified, you let the Referee Appointments secretary know what times you are available and he will appoint you to games that suit your timetable. Games are played throughout the week so there are plenty of opportunities to referee at a variety of different levels.

Once qualified you will earn £18.50+ per match. You earn more as you progress up the referee promotion pyramid. In Jersey, youth referees get paid monthly, whilst adult referees get paid on two occasions throughout the season.

Contact the Referee Development Officer Paul Kemp: Email: Paul.Kemp@jerseyfa.com

Get in touch

Referee Paul Daniel

(9am-5pm Mon-Friday)

Email: pauldaniel46@hotmail.co.uk

Tel: 07797893260