Becoming a Referee

From local park football on a Sunday morning to the FA Cup Final, all football needs referees. With over 800 registered referees officiating all across Staffordshire, we provide the support and experience for you to help progress your skills as far as you want. Whether you aspire to officiate on the Premiership or to referee the local U9's team, we can provide you with the support, training and resources to assist you in achieving your goal.

Who can become a referee?

Anyone over the age of 14 can become a referee. All that is required is a passion for the game and the successful completion of a training course. Many of our existing referees started on courses organised by Staffordshire FA. If you have just finished playing and you want to give something back to the game or if you wish to start a career in refereeing, then please read on!


Referee Courses

These are held throughout the year and will involve approximately 20 hours of training followed by a test on practical issues of refereeing plus a written exam on the Laws of association football. On passing the examinations, you become a Level 9 trainee referee. Following the course you will need to referee 6 11v11 games or 6 9v9 games to obtain qualified status - during this period you will have the services of a mentor to guide you through your opening games. You will also be requested to attend a module 5 meeting.


Full details will be provided on the course.

The cost of the course for all age groups is £110 and includes the following:

  • Copy of latest Laws of the Game booklet
  • Interactive DVD on Laws of the Game
  • Pre course study pack
  • All course materials
  • Qualified FA Referee Tutors
  • Safeguarding Children training
  • FA Registration fee for one season
  • Services of a mentor following the course
  • Assistance with obtaining a position with appropriate local Leagues
  • Certificate of qualification following 5 games and attendance at the exam evening
  • Information regarding how to become a part of your local Referee Association
  • Information on purchasing kit.


How to book onto a course

You can book online for any of our courses by clicking on this link - BOOKING ONLINE
All you need to do is click the course you want to book onto, enter your FAN number and password, check your details are all correct and then proceed to the secure payment section. Once you have paid you will receive a confirmation email and you are booked straight onto the course.

If you are having any issues in applying for a course online, please contact Safeguarding and Education Officer, Jan Scott on any of the following:
(T): 01785 256994
(M): 07969 294023

Please Note: No places can be reserved until application form and payment is received by Staffordshire FA.

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