Coin toss

The FA Referee Course

Course Overview

Minimum Age: 14

Course Duration: 1 Evening Session and 1 Daytime Session

Price: £110

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

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COURSE DETAILS

The FA Referee Course is designed to equip new referees with the key skills and knowledge they will need to be able to referee grassroots football matches safely and effectively.  It is for people aged 14 and over who want to referee mini soccer, 9 v 9 and/or 11 v 11 football.  

The course comprises online learning on the Laws of the Game and face to face training. You must complete the online learning before attending the face to face training. You will also need to complete online safeguarding training before attending the face to face training.

Course Content 

Online Learning

The online learning has five sections (modules) and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. There are lots of videos to demonstrate how the Laws should be applied, activities to help reinforce the important points and, at the end of each module, there are some questions to test what you’ve learned.  

The online learning can be accessed at https://falearning.thefa.com/course/view.php?id=1804 

If you are under the age of 16, you might find the information at the refereeing help centre useful when logging in.

This module covers the referee’s pre-match responsibilities and includes ensuring players’ kit is safe, how to carry out the coin toss and what a referee needs to take to a match with them.

This module contains short video clips (GIFs) which show every signal the referee and assistant referee might give during a match.

This module deals with foul challenges, violent conduct, handball, unsporting behaviour, DOGSO offences and advantage. It uses video clips from football at different levels to show how the referee should manage common scenarios.

This module also uses video clips, this time to demonstrate what is and isn’t offside and how the referee should manage offside offences. The clips, like those used in the ‘Getting it Right’ module, are voiced over to explain the decisions the referees make.

This module covers restarts and set-pieces, including goal kicks, corner kicks, throw-ins, free kicks and penalty kicks. It uses both video and illustrations to clarify what players must do at each restart and set-piece and explains what the referee should do if players don’t comply with the Law.

Face to Face Training

There is 11 hours of face to face training (normally one evening, followed by a full day), which mixes training room work with practical activity on a pitch. Key messages from the online learning are reinforced throughout.  The training room work includes:

Fun, interactive quizzes
How to establish rapport and build relationships with players and coaches
Recognising and dealing with foul challenges and handball
Managing offside
Dealing with inappropriate behaviour 
Managing players 

On the pitch, you will have the opportunity to turn your knowledge into skills through refereeing game based scenarios. You will practise:

Communicating decisions
Cautioning and sending off techniques
Managing the kick off, free kicks, penalty kicks, corner kicks and throw-ins 
Positioning in open play and at restarts
Being an assistant referee

Qualifying as a Referee

To qualify as a referee, you must also referee five games after you have attended the face to face training. You will then receive a certificate and an FA Referee badge.

You be supported through those five games by your County Football Association (CFA). As you continue your refereeing career, you will then be able to access further training opportunities, both online and face to face.

Any learners booking onto the course that are under 18 years of age are required to attain parental/guardian consent to attend the course. Please complete the form found below

Parental consent form - hunts fa

Available Dates

Start Date
Venue
Time
5:30PM
Price
£110
Tutor
Stefan Renwick
Location
Cambourne Fitness and Sports Centre
Back Ln
Cambourne
Cambridge
CB23 6FY
Contact
Stefan Renwick
01480 447481
Stefan.Renwick@HuntsFA.com

Important Information

We adhere to a strict cancellation policy and by enrolling onto our course you agree to have read and agree to be bound by our Terms and Conditions.

Get In Touch

By Phone: 01480 447481
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday) 

Email:
 Stefan.Renwick@HuntsFA.com

REFERee course faqs

1. Be at least 14 years of age

2. Complete the required Expression of interest form - https://bit.ly/HFAReferees2021

3. Complete the Online Laws of the Game Modules - https://bit.ly/OnlineModulesRef

4. Complete the relevant Safeguarding Qualification:

a) Learners aged 14/15 to complete: https://bit.ly/SGForAll

b) Learners aged 16+ to complete: https://bit.ly/SGForAll or https://bit.ly/FA-SGChildren

The course is 11 hours long

£110.00 Course Only

This includes:

Referee registration for remainder of the season

Referee Association Membership for the first full season

11 Hours direct contact time

Whistle

Notepad & pencil

Red & yellow cards

Assistant Referee flags

Course induction pack

FA CRC check (if over 16)

A certificate on qualification (on successful completion of the course)

FA and Hunts FA Referee Badge (on successful completion of the course)

The minimum age to book onto and attend a course is 14.