Observers play a vital role in the development of officials at all levels. They are in effect the custodians of the Laws of the Game, ensuring they are applied to a high standard. Assessments play an increasingly greater part in the promotion and development of officials.

How do I become an Observer?

You do not have to have officiated at the top level to become an observer. Experienced officials from Level 5 can make a difference to the development and progression of referees at all levels by becoming and FA Registered Observer. You will be involved in observing referees appropriate to your level of experience. You can also still be an active referee and observe for the county when available.



Do I get paid for this role?

Observers at county level currently receive a modest fee for each observation they complete.



What development opportunities are available for observers?

County observers are invited to development workshops each season to discuss key issues. Observations are also subject to quality control with appropriate feedback provided to the observer on a regular basis.

  

What is the first step in getting qualified?

You need to take an observers course which are held in the county during the season. Dates and details will be published on the website or you can contact Referee Development Officer, Matthew Jones on any of the following:
(E): matthew.jones@staffordshirefa.com
(T): 01785 256994
(M): 07969 295102

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