As well as attending the course candidates are required to successfully pass examinations, attend a safeguarding children workshop and complete a CRB check.
Once you have completed the Basic Referees Course and successfully passed the exams you are required to complete a minimum of 6 matches as a referee during your probationary period. 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 your Referee Development Manager (Matthew Hurst). This form can be downloaded from the documents section at the foot of this page.
You will then be invited onto a Module 5 Call Back Evening to confirm your Referee Qualification and to receive your 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.
Want to become a Referee?
Leicestershire & Rutland County FA run Referee Training Courses throughout the season.
What are the costs?
The Basic Course Fee is £125.
In addition all referees must complete an FA Safegurding Children Course (£30) and those aged 17+ must complete an FA CRB Check (£15)
That means the maximum cost is £170
In addition to the Course Costs you will need to purchase your Refereeing Kit
The Cost of this can vary greatly but we have put together a starter kit for all referees this season which includes a Full Referee Kit, Red & Yellow Cards, Card Wallet, Match Record Sheets, Fox 40 Whistle, Whistle Lanyard and Assistant Referee Flags*
All this for just £60*
*Exact details of deals may vary, please contact Matt Hurst at time of Booking
Do I get paid for Refereeing Fixtures?
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. Minisoccer pays £13-£15 per match. This includes games refereed as part of the course, so it really pays to be a referee!
As you can see you can recoup the cost of your Course & Referee Kit very easily
There are currently no Basic Referees Courses scheduled, new courses will be placed here as they are arranged.
Our Basic Course Programme is most likely to resume in Summer 2013.
So what do I do now?
Register an interest and complete the Expression of Interest Form by clicking here
Please note that applicants will be informed whether they have been accepted on to the course nearer the start of the course. Please do not send any money at this time.
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, Low Socio-economic etc) and inspire others to take it up.
To find out more about the Inspired Fund please download the PDF below.
If you have any questions or queries then please contact:
Referee Development Manager
T: 0116 284 4953
M: 07534 507 472