Make a difference to the game
Get into refereeing
Reasons to Referee
More and more and more people of all ages, genders, races and abilities are getting into refereeing.
For current and potential officials, refereeing is a great way to:
- Give something back to the game you love
- Remain involved in the game after injury or retirement
- Play a vital role in ensuring players enjoy the game
- Increase participation in the sport
- Make new and lasting friends
The FA Basic Referee Course
If you want to qualify as a football referee you will need to do the basic FA referee training course.
The FA basic referee training course provides candidates with an understanding of the ‘Laws of the Game’ and provides them with the practical skills to be a match official.
Once you have passed the course and registered as a referee with Durham FA you will have a qualification recognised throughout England.
durham fa centre of refereeing excellence
The aim of the Durham FA Centre of Refereeing Excellence is to assist in the development, training and coaching of referees who have potential to progress to senior referee status within the County. It is designed to deliver specific and relevant training to ambitious, dedicated and talented referees.
The FA's Respect programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, players and parents from grassroots to elite football - to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.