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The FA Referee Course


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
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:

All candidates can currently complete the ‘Safeguarding for All’ course option, and Learn the Laws Learning Modules, for FREE of charge using their unique FAN number.

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

We would strongly advise you to complete the above prerequisites over the next few months, this will then ensure that you can receive the booking links for the next set of FA Referee Courses in 2022 as soon as they become available, with demand expected to be very high once again! 

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.

Durham FA are delighted to offer our first referee courses of 2021. The following courses will take place at Consett AFC, Eastbourne Sports Complex, High Tunstall School and Wellfield Community School this will be the first of the new FA Basic Referee Course taking place in the County.

Course: R22 –

Day 1: Wednesday 1st December 6pm-9pm
Day 2: Sunday 5th December 9am-5pm

Venue: Gateshead Rutherford AFC, Gateshead, NE11 0HJ

The course is priced at £100, plus a further £10 if a DBS is required and £30 if safeguarding is required. 


Available Dates

Unfortunately there are no available dates.

No Course Dates To Suit You?

If there are no course dates to suit you then you can email or Or you can click below and fill in our Referee Course Expression of Interest form.