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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

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Initial Training

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 referee academy

The aim of the Academy 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.

A number of young and aspiring Referees between the ages of 16–26 and operating as Levels 5-7 Referees have been accepted for membership and their retention is reviewed on a regular basis through their attitude, commitment and high levels of fitness being maintained throughout the Season.

Each Referee in the Academy has been assigned a Referee Coach from the above who will provide support, encouragement and advice throughout the season.

The FA Respect


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.

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