FA Referee Course

The FA Referee Course

Course Overview

Minimum Age: 14

Price: £100 (plus £10 if require an FA  CRC)

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

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COURSE DETAILS

The first crucial step to developing as a referee

The FA Referees Course is designed for anyone aged 14 and up who wants to join the tens of thousands of referees who operate week in week out on local parks, throughout the English football pyramid, up to those who officiate The FA Cup Final and on the International stage. As a referee you play an integral role in ensuring all participants enjoy their match day experience, helping create a competitive, fair, safe and enjoyable playing environment.

Whether you want to referee in youth and adult leagues, men's or womens football or have aspirations of one day walking the ball out at Wembley Stadium, The FA Referees Course is the starting point for your refereeing career. Refereeing is not only rewarding in a football environment, but the social and life skills that come from becoming a referee extend far beyond your initial expectations.

Respect

Empathy

Fitness

Evaluation

Reliability

Education

Excellence

These seven core values underpin all aspects of English refereeing and are all required from the start of your refereeing journey.

Once you have qualified as a referee, there is extensive support available through both your County FA and The FA, helping you to be the best you can be and fulfill your potential as a referee.

  • Overview of course expectations and commitments
  • Basic outline of the Laws of the Game to provide an initial understanding
  • Introduction to the DNA of English Refereeing and the process of completing the course

A mixture of practical and theoretical referee training, focusing on the key skills and techniques required to be a referee. This is then coupled with the practical application of law and the different scenarios that can be faced in a game. Some of the topics covered are; Signals & Communication, Fouls & Misconduct and Positioning & Movement.

Upon completion of Unit 4, a practical Evaluation of Performance and Assessment Of Knowledge is completed to ensure you are ready for Unit 5.

Officiating five 11v11 or 9v9 games, where you are offered a referee mentor to support you on your first few games, with a self evaluation of each game.

Call back session where there is the opportunity to share experiences on the five games refereed, what has worked well and what you might do differently in the future. A final Laws of the Game Examination and information on what happens now and what opportunities are available i.e. Promotion, Academies, Development Groups, In-Service Training etc.

 

Course Pre-requisites

 

Before starting Block 5, a Safeguarding Children Workshop and Criminal Records Check (if applicable) must be completed.

Please Note: This course should not be booked on behalf of another person (i.e. a parent/carer on behalf of a child). All booking forms must be completed by the individual who will be completing the course.

Outcomes

The FA Referees Course provides participants with an insight to the laws of the game and their practical application on the field of play. It also looks at the skills required to be a referee.

Candidates should feel comfortable to referee a game of football at the completion of the course, with 75% of the course being in a practical environment.

Sarah Garratt FA Referee Course

course dates

Taster Sessions

TASTER SESSION 6
DATE TIME VENUE
Thursday 2nd August 2018 6.00pm - 7.30pm Durham County FA

Basic Referee Courses

BASIC REFEREES COURSE 3 (R03-18)
DATE TIME VENUE
Wednesday 4th April 2018 9.00am - 4.00pm Russell Foster Centre
Thursday 5th April 2018 9.00am - 4.00pm Russell Foster Centre
BASIC REFEREES COURSE 4 (R04-18)
DATE TIME VENUE
Saturday 19th May 2018 9.00am - 4.00pm Durham County FA
Sunday 20th May 2018 9.00am - 4.00pm Durham County FA
BASIC REFEREES COURSE 5 (R05-18)
DATE TIME VENUE
Saturday 30th June 2018 9.00am - 4.00pm Durham County FA
Sunday 1st July 2018 9.00am - 4.00pm Durham County FA
BASIC REFEREES COURSE 6 (R06-18)
DATE TIME VENUE
Saturday 11th August 2018 9.00am - 4.00pm Durham County FA
Sunday 12th August 2018 9.00am - 4.00pm Durham County FA

Get in touch

Eve Walker 

Eve Walker
Administrator

T: 0191 3872929 (Option 1, Option 3)

E: Eve.Walker@DurhamFA.com

In order for you to attend a Referees Courses you must firstly attend a free Durham County FA Referee Taster Session. This is a 90 minute introduction where you will be guided through the refereeing experience looking at all formats of the game and the opportunities available. You will then be able to understand the commitment required to complete the course. Costs etc. will also be explained at this Session.

If you are interested in attending a free FA Referee Taster Session please email Eve.Walker@DurhamFA.com confirming which Session you would like to attend along with your full name, date of birth, contact number, email and postal address.