The FA Centre of Refereeing Excellence


3rd July – Durham FA Summer event

We will be hosting a refereeing summer event at Nissan Sports complex, Washington, SR5 3NS on Sunday 3rd July with registration commencing at 10am.

It will included both indoor and outdoor sessions each lasting 30 minutes and cover such topics as assistant refereeing, positioning in open play, effective game management and refereeing in the present as well as other workshops.

These will be delivered by our CORE coaches and tutor team, as well as Liam Slack from the PGMOL.

The day will conclude with our guest speaker the 2022 FA Cup Final and Premier League referee, Craig Pawson.

The event will look to finish around 3pm.

You can sign up via the link:


11th July – Walking football referee course

We are holding a referee walking course at Durham FA at 6pm-8pm if this is of interest please sign up using the link or email Daniel McElhone -


21st July – New observer and Match day coaches event

We are looking to recruit new county observers/match day coaches to aid in the development of our promotion candidates from level 5c-5b (Level 7-6), level 5b-5a (Level 6-5) and level 5a-4 (Level 5-4). 

All current county observers will also need to be retrained due to the change in the FA referee promotion pathway.
The event will start at 6pm and you can sign up via the link

25th July – FA Mentor Workshop

We will be hosting the new FA mentor workshop here at Durham FA to accredit our new mentor work force to enable them to go out and support our new referees.

You can sign up via the link

Get in touch


Sebastian Stockbridge
(Referee Development Officer)

T: 0191 3872929 (Option 2 then Option 6)


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