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​Get Into Refereeing

Make a Difference to the game in Staffordshire

Think you can lead from the front and make the tough decisions?

If you're thinking about taking up the whistle, remember, refereeing is a great way to:

  • 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, and supporters, enjoy their match day experience
Initial Training

The FA Referee Course

The FA Referees Course is designed for anyone aged 14 and up who wants to join the tens of thousands of referees who operate week in week out on local parks, throughout the English football pyramid, up to those who officiate The FA Cup Final and on the International stage. As a referee you play an integral role in ensuring all participants enjoy their match day experience, helping create a competitive, fair, safe and enjoyable playing environment.

The FA Respect


The FA's Respect programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, players and parents from grassroots to elite football - to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.

Want to Find out more?

Here are some answers to your frequently asked questions:

Apart from the initial training course to become a referee, which is 20 hours, it is up to you how many games and how often choose to referee - there is no minimum commitment.

It's never too late! Anyone over the age of 14 can become a referee. The game doesn’t just need young referees, some players who are in the twilight of their football years have also enrolled on one of our referee qualification courses to continue their involvement in the game.

The current cost to complete a Referee Course with Staffordshire FA is £125 - this includes all your training and resource materials, as well as some basic equipment, such as a whistle, etc.

Get In Touch

Daniel Hickingbottom
Senior Workforce Lead


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