There are several Referees Courses available, the first step on the refereeing ladder is the Basic Referee Course which provides candidates with the basic knowledge required to referee football matches before moving onto specialised areas such as Futsal and Disability Football.
Basic Referee Course
The Basic Referee Course is the first step that any budding referee will need to take.
Currently there are no courses scheduled. However, by completing the Expression of Interest Form (EOI) we will capture your contact details and inform you accordingly of course dates, venues and booking procedures once confirmed. You can complete the EOI Form by clicking on the following link: clicking here.
As well as attending the course candidates are required to successfully pass examinations, and if they are aged 16+, attend an FA Safeguarding Children Workshop and complete a Criminal Records Check.
Once you have completed the Basic Referees Course and successfully passed the examination you are required to complete a minimum of 6 matches as a referee during your probationary period. These matches must be 9v9 or 11v11 games. At this time you will be classified as a Level 9 - Trainee Referee.
Once you have completed your first 6 games you must return a '6 Match Form' to the Referee Development Officer. This form can be completed by clicking here.
You will then be invited onto a Module 5 Call Back Evening to confirm your Referee Qualification and to receive your Leicestershire & Rutland County FA Refereeing Badge and Certificate. At this point you will be re-classified as either a Level 7 or Level 8 Referee depending on your age.
What are the costs?
The Basic Course Fee is £140.
Candidates who enrol on a Basic Referee Course who are aged 16+ will also have to attend The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop. The price of this Workshop is included in all Basic Referee Courses but is charged at an additional £29 for referees aged 16 and over who enrol onto the Mini-Soccer Referee Course.
Do I get paid to Referee?
Referees get paid £28-£30 per match for open age football, and for U16-U18 games. £23-£25 for U13-U15 and £23-£25 for U11 & U12. Mini-Soccer pays £13-£15 per match. This includes games refereed as part of the course, so it really pays to be a referee!
Is there any funding available?
The RA-FA Youth Council has set up the Inspired Fund to support an innovative person wishing to become a qualified referee. Once qualified, to then become a role model and promote refereeing within their community to underrepresented groups (e.g. BAME Community, Female Officials and Low Socio-economic etc) and inspire others to take it up.
To find out more about the Inspired Fund please download the PDF at the foot of this page.
Mini Soccer Referee Course
We also offer a Mini-Soccer only refereeing course. This is also a suitable starting place for potential new referees. However, this course is designed for those who do not wish to go through the basic referees 11v11 course, but would like to concentrate solely on officiating on mini-soccer.
The initial four units will be as follows:
• Understanding your role in Mini Soccer – outlining the background to the game and the important role you play as referee within it.
• Developing your role – helping to create a safe learning environment and considering the practical applications of the laws.
• The realities of the role – considering the need to deal with players, parents and coaches and the general management of the game.
• Your role as an educator – considering how to educate players as well as refereeing the game.
Following this you will then go out and officiate three games of mini soccer before returning for a fifth unit to review their role and be registered as a Mini Soccer Referee with Leicestershire & Rutland County FA. The CRB check for those over 16 and the Safeguarding Children Workshop will be delivered before the final exam.
What are the Costs?
The Mini Soccer Referee Course Fee is £75.
Referees aged 16 years and over will also have to attend a Safeguarding Children Workshop which will cost a further £29, unless they already hold an FA Safeguarding Children certificate. They will also be required to undertake a Criminal Records Check.
If you'd like to be put on a waiting list for future courses please register an interest and complete the Expression of Interest Form by clicking here. We will then notify you of any future courses that match your specific interests.
Futsal provision is developing rapidly in Leicestershire & Rutland and as a result there is a call for more Futsal Match Officials. At present there are Youth Male, Open Age Male and Open Age Female Futsal Leagues operating. Futsal activities take place between November and May are all based indoors. If you are interested in refereeing this exciting new form of football and wish to attend a Futsal Match Official Conversion Course please contact Steve Bratt (RDO) using the contact details at the foot of this page.
Inclusive (Disability) Football Referee
If you are an experienced or indeed a new referee who would like to become involved in refereeing footballers within various disability groups, whether it be learning, physical or sensory, then we would welcome your involvement. We run a number of events on weekdays and weekends, involving schools, colleges and clubs from grassroots to excellence.
• An extensive range of competitions for Special Schools and Special Needs Students in mainstream education.
• Leicestershire and Rutland Inclusive Football League - Regular fixture events around the City and County over the season, where youngsters, adults, females and males, juniors, youth and adult teams attend.
• Opportunities to become a referee for Power-Chair Football / Blind Futsal / Cerebral Palsy Football and Deaf Football.
If you're interested, please contact:Philippa Bass
Disability Football Development Officer
T: 0116 284 4952
M: 07944 194 252
University & College Football
The vast majority of Universities and Colleges ask County FAs across the Country to appoint match officials to their football fixtures. As such we are always looking for officials who are available to officiate on Wednesday Afternoons. Games are played all over the County and Officials are paid standard rates as per County FA Regulations.
If you are interested in Officiating on a Wednesday Afternoon or getting involved with the Futsal games being played all over the counties of Leicestershire & Rutland or any questions on any of the above information, please contact:
Steve Bratt | Referee Development Officer
T: 0116 284 4953
M: 07534 507 472
RA-FA Youth Council Inspired Fund