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

There is no game of football without a referee. Although it can be a thankless task on occasion, with the right support and training it can be a very rewarded one.  Match officials are often front row for some of the best goals, set pieces and brilliant moments of football. 

Referees are vital role in the game, and the demand for match officials is increasing. 

At the Kent FA, our Referee Development aim to recruit, support and enable a fantastic group of highly motivated and talented, FA qualified referees! As our referees gain experience, there are further opportunities to aid their development and progression, such as appointments to adult and youth County Cup ties, together with games in certain FA competitions.

Get In Touch

Referee Department
By Phone: 01622 792 140
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)


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.

Referee Mental Health Champions

The Kent FA takes the mental health and well-being of our referees very seriously. We have Referee Mental Health Champions volunteers, who are here to support and signpost Kent grassroots referees to professional services where appropriate.

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