Coin toss

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 Final Assessment 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 Final Assessment 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 Final Assessment Evenings available for you to book onto free of charge.

Date Time Venue Booking Link

Course Overview

Minimum Age: 14

Price: £130.00

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

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The FA Referee Course is designed to equip new referees with the key skills and knowledge they will need to be able to referee grassroots football matches safely and effectively.  It is for people aged 14 and over who want to referee mini soccer, 9 v 9 and/or 11 v 11 football.  

The course comprises online learning on the Laws of the Game and face to face training. You must complete the online learning before attending the face to face training. You will also need to complete online safeguarding training before attending the face to face training.

Course Content 

Online Learning

The online learning has five sections (modules) and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. There are lots of videos to demonstrate how the Laws should be applied, activities to help reinforce the important points and, at the end of each module, there are some questions to test what you’ve learned.  

The online learning can be accessed at 

If you are under the age of 16, you might find the information at the refereeing help centre useful when logging in.

This module covers the referee’s pre-match responsibilities and includes ensuring players’ kit is safe, how to carry out the coin toss and what a referee needs to take to a match with them.

This module contains short video clips (GIFs) which show every signal the referee and assistant referee might give during a match.

This module deals with foul challenges, violent conduct, handball, unsporting behaviour, DOGSO offences and advantage. It uses video clips from football at different levels to show how the referee should manage common scenarios.

This module also uses video clips, this time to demonstrate what is and isn’t offside and how the referee should manage offside offences. The clips, like those used in the ‘Getting it Right’ module, are voiced over to explain the decisions the referees make.

This module covers restarts and set-pieces, including goal kicks, corner kicks, throw-ins, free kicks and penalty kicks. It uses both video and illustrations to clarify what players must do at each restart and set-piece and explains what the referee should do if players don’t comply with the Law.

Face to Face Training

There is 11 hours of face to face training (normally one evening, followed by a full day), which mixes training room work with practical activity on a pitch. Key messages from the online learning are reinforced throughout.  The training room work includes:

Fun, interactive quizzes
How to establish rapport and build relationships with players and coaches
Recognising and dealing with foul challenges and handball
Managing offside
Dealing with inappropriate behaviour 
Managing players 

On the pitch, you will have the opportunity to turn your knowledge into skills through refereeing game based scenarios. You will practise:

Communicating decisions
Cautioning and sending off techniques
Managing the kick off, free kicks, penalty kicks, corner kicks and throw-ins 
Positioning in open play and at restarts
Being an assistant referee

Qualifying as a Referee

To qualify as a referee, you must also referee five games after you have attended the face to face training. You will then receive a certificate and an FA Referee badge.

You be supported through those five games by your County Football Association (CFA). As you continue your refereeing career, you will then be able to access further training opportunities, both online and face to face.

Available Dates

Start Date
Mark Hounsell & Shaun Currall
Innage Lane
Crown Meadow
WV16 4HL
Darren Beech
01743 362769

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 or Telford Referee 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 Darren Beech

By Phone: 01743 362769

By E-mail or