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The FA Referee Course

Course Content 

Online Learning

Before we can allow candidates onto one of our FA Referee Courses, they must first have completed a Learn The Laws Module and completed an FA Online Safeguarding Course, with it registered on their own FAN record.

The Online Learn the Laws Learning Module can be accessed at: 

If you are under the age of 16, or a parent / guardian, you might find the information at the refereeing help centre useful when logging in. Please access it at:

The Online Safeguarding Course can be accessed at:

Candidates under the age of 16 can currently complete the ‘Safeguarding for All’ course option, ALL those over 16 will need to complete the ‘Safeguarding Children Course’ at the cost of £30, this is a one off payment as all renewals are free of charge.

The Safeguarding for All course will take around 45 minutes to complete. The Safeguarding Children Course will take around 90 minutes to complete. The Learn the Laws Learning Modules will take around 90 minutes to complete.

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

New referee course £100 (includes whistle, flags, cards and notebook)
DBS £10 (If 16 years or older you will require a FA DBS check)
Safeguarding online module £30 (If 16 years or older you will be required to complete the FA Safeguarding Children Online Module).

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.

Upcoming Courses: 



Day 1: Monday 20th February 6pm-9pm

Day 2: Tuesday 21st February 9am-5pm

Venue: High Tunstall College, Hartlepool, TS26 0LQ





Day 1 - Monday 6th March 2023

Day 2 - Tuesday 7th March 2023

Day 3 - Wednesday 8th March 2023

All days are 6pm-9pm

Venue: Ford Quarry Hub, Keelman's Ln, South Hylton, Sunderland SR4 0RW


Booking Link: FULLY BOOKED.



Day 1: Monday 13th March 2023

Day 2: Tuesday 14th March 2023

Day 3: Wednesday 15th March 2023

Time: 6pm - 9pm 

Venue: Longfield School, Darlington, DL3 0HT


Booking Link: FULLY BOOKED



Day 1 - Wednesday 5th April 6pm-9pm

Day 2 - Thursday 6th April 9am-5pm

Venue: Durham County FA, DH3 3SJ

Booking Link:

Available Dates

Unfortunately there are no available dates.

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