Interested in becoming an Assessor?

Durham County FA are always keen to encourage and support the development of all our match officials and assessors play an important and integral role in developing the modern day referee. Referees can improve their ability and aim to officiate at senior football by entering the Promotion System. One of the keys to success in the Promotion System is the guidance available via assessments.

The process of providing guidance, support and advice to referees is the task and responsibility of the Referee Assessor.

The purpose of a written assessment is:

To assist the Referee to improve Performance
Motivate the Referee to adopt the advice provided
To raise the standard of Referees in Durham County
To provide information to the County FA

The qualities for an Assessor include the following criteria:-

  • Substantial Refereeing Experience
  • Knowledge of current Law
  • View game through eyes of Referee
  • Critically analyse performance
  • Identify strengths
  • Identify perceived development areas
  • Offer solutions to eliminate shortcomings
  • Write a quality, balanced report

Durham County FA welcome applications from retired or active referees who wish to be trained as an assessor.

You do not have to have officiated at the top level to become an Assessor. Experienced Officials from Level 7 can make a difference to the development and progression of Referees at all levels by becoming an FA Registered Assessor. You will be involved in assessing Referees appropriate to your level of experience. You can still also be an active Referee and assess for the County FA when available.

Applications declaring an interest should be sent to either John Topping (Company Secretary) or Jeff Russell (Referee Development Officer) at Durham County FA.

All applicants will be invited to attend an Assessors Course at Durham County FA Headquarters.

For more information please contact Referee Development Officer, Jeff Russell by phone 0191 3872929 or by e mail:

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