Ever tried playing a game of football without a referee?
It's difficult, right...?

Thinking of becoming a referee? Or are you a qualified referee looking for information on development opportunities and support? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

This section of our website is dedicated to providing you with useful information on refereeing. Please feel free to navigate your way around the refereeing section of our website. 

Registration and Promotion

COVID-19 Return to Football - Referee GUIDANCE

With grassroots football returning following the relaxing of measures during COVID-19, referees can download The FA's guidance documents below to ensure a safe return to the game.

Covid-19 guidance on re-starting competitive grassroots football – For Referees

Referee Specific Guidance on Returning to National League System Football

Summary of Covid-19 guidance on re-starting competitive grassroots football – For Referees

Become a Referee

Thinking of becoming a referee?

  • Refereeing is a great way to be involved in football
  • There are opportunities for everyone
  • Remain active in the game following injury or retirement
  • Make new and lasting friends within the game
  • Play a huge role in ensuring the players enjoy their match day experience
FA Grassroots Referees


FA Centre of Refereeing Excellence (CORE) is an emerging and exciting refereeing structure that aims to provide an identified number of referees at a variety of levels with quality training, education and development opportunities delivered both centrally and across a number of regional locations.

A helping Hand

RefereeingĀ Support

Our referees are recruited, trained and examined to enable a smooth grassroots operation.  As they gain experience further opportunities are provided to aid their development and progression.  Appointments are made to adult and youth County Cup ties, together with games in certain FA competitions.
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