FA Referee Course

The FA Referee Course

Final assessment dates

Block 6

Trainee Referee to Fully Qualified Referee:

After completing the course and passing the practical evaluation, you are now classed as a ‘Trainee Referee’ and have to referee your initial matches (at least five) and attend a Call Back Evening, where you will sit your Laws of the Game Examination.

After successful completing your matches and examination, you will be promoted to a ‘Fully Qualified Referee’. Completing your matches and attending the Call Back Evening post practical course is a mandatory requirement. The aim is to have a Referee Advisor attend one of your initial matches, who is there to support you and aid your development.

Please find below a list of upcoming Call Back Evenings available for you to book onto free of charge.

Date Time Venue Booking Link
 Monday 19th October 2020  6.30pm - 8.30pm  Shropshire FA HQ, Oteley ROAD, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ST COURSE IS NOW FULL



6:30pm - 8:30pm
6:30pm - 8:30pm
6:30pm - 8:30pm
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Course Overview

Minimum Age: 14

Price: £115.00

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

Unfortunately there are no available dates.

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.

Special Offer!

For a limited period, you will also be provided with associate membership of Shropshire Referee's Association for the current season.

frequesntly asked questions

The FA referee's course FAQ'S

We start off with an introduction evening for 2 hours prior to the course starting. The practical element of the course will run over a weekend and and involves 14 hours tutor led time. You need to complete 5 games and attend a call back evening before receiving your qualification.

No - You can only use 9v9 or 11v11 games to count towards your 5 matches. These games should be competitive.

Your call back date will be provided to you once you have completed the course and will typically be around 3 months after completion of the practical weekend.

Unfortunately not. You have to have a separate CRC for all organisations you work/volunteer for. If you come into contact with children or vulnerable adults.

Confirmation will be sent out 7-10 days prior to the course starting.


Football Participation Officers

Ian Preece or Eve Bailey

By Phone: 01743 362769

By E-mail -referees@shropshirefa.com