Referees Courses

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Leicestershire & Rutland County FA is pleased to announce details of its upcoming referee courses.

We would also like to thank those who recently completed an expression of interest form indicating their willingness to participate in either The FA Referee Course or the Min-Soccer Referee Course.

The following courses will primarily take place between July 2017 and January 2018. It should be noted that 100% attendance is required for successful completion of each course. Therefore, before booking your place you should ensure that you are able to attend each date stated for the relevant course.

All available spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and once the allocated spaces have been filled you will not be able to book onto that course. There is no facility for a waiting list and once a specific course is filled the booking link will be closed.

The FA Referee Course is aimed at candidates aged 16 and above and will permit them to referee 9v9 or 11v11 matches. The FA Mini-Soccer Referee Course is targeted at candidates aged 14 or 15 following which they will be certified to only referee mini-soccer. A conversion course to allow them to referee 9v9 or 11v11 games will be offered at a later date and will be completely cost neutral when compared to undertaking the FA Referee Course.

You now have the opportunity to secure your place on one of the following courses. Full payment will be required at the time of booking, but if you choose not to continue with the course after attending the introduction event a full refund will be given. If you currently have a FAN number, it is of paramount importance that you use this to register as opposed to unnecessarily creating a new one.

Name of Course
The FA Referee Course
  *** THIS COURSE IS AIMED AND TARGETED SPECIFICALLY AT CANDIDATES AGED 16+ ***
Course Code FARC2017-03-JUDGE    
Introduction Event Wednesday 4 October 2017 6:30pm-8:30pm Judgemeadow Community College,  Marydene Drive, Evington, Leicester, LE5 6HP
Theory & Practical 1 Monday 16 October 2017 9:00am-5:00pm Judgemeadow Community College,  Marydene Drive, Evington, Leicester, LE5 6HP
Theory & Practical 2 Tuesday 17 October 2017
9:00am-5:00pm Judgemeadow Community College,  Marydene Drive, Evington, Leicester, LE5 6HP
Theory & Practical 3 Wednesday 18 October 2017 9:00am-5:00pm Judgemeadow Community College,  Marydene Drive, Evington, Leicester, LE5 6HP
Exam & Call Back Event Wednesday 17 January 2017 6:30pm-9:00pm Judgemeadow Community College,  Marydene Drive, Evington, Leicester, LE5 6HP
FA Safeguarding Children Workshop
Thursday 19 October 2017 6:30pm-9:30pm Judgemeadow Community College,  Marydene Drive, Evington, Leicester, LE5 6HP


To secure your place on the above course, please register by CLICKING HERE by no later than Monday 2 October.

Name of Course
The FA Mini-Soccer Referee Course
  *** THIS COURSE IS AIMED AND TARGETED SPECIFICALLY AT CANDIDATES AGED 14 or 15 ***
Course Code MSRC2017-02- BROCK    
Theory & Practical 1 Thursday 19 October 2017 9:00am-5:00pm
Brockington College, Blaby Road, Enderby, Leicester, LE19 4AQ
Exam & Call Back Event
Wednesday 24 January 2017 6:30pm-9:00pm Brockington College, Blaby Road, Enderby, Leicester, LE19 4AQ
FA Safeguarding Children Workshop ** Thursday 19 October 6:30pm-9:30pm Judgemeadow Community College,  Marydene Drive, Evington, Leicester, LE5 6HP

This course is now FULLY BOOKED.

** ALL candidates for this Mini-Soccer Referee Course aged 16 only or above as of 1 July 2017 will also have to attend an FA Safeguarding Children Workshop. This will take place on Thursday 19 October 2017 at Judgemeadow Community College,  Marydene Drive, Evington, Leicester, LE5 6HP from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. This workshop will be FREE of charge. Additional information on how to book this place will be confirmed closer to the date.

** Candidates aged 14 or 15 as of 1 July 2017 will be provided with details prior to the Theory and Practical session of how they will need to obtain their Safeguarding Children accreditation. Attendance at a FA Safeguarding Children Workshop is not required. However, should you turn 16 before the end date of your practical course you will be required to obtain a CRC check.

The following flowchart shows the various modules offered within The FA Referee Course.



As detailed above, as part of The FA Referee course, you will have to attend a compulsory introduction event. At this event, clear expectations and course requirements will be outlined in addition to some of the benefits and challenges of being a referee. This is not applicable for attending a Mini-Soccer Referee Course.

The total cost of The FA Referee Course will be £195. The cost of The FA Mini-Soccer Referee Course will be £125. Both of these prices will include referee registration fee with LRCFA for Season 2017-2018, FA Safeguarding Children accreditation, a Criminal Records Check (if applicable) and a set of referee kit and equipment (you should indicate your adult kit size when registering).

Please take note of the following important information:

All available places will be allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis. Places must be booked online and paid for in full at the time of registration. We are not able to hold or reserve places for perspective candidates. Once the allocated spaces have been filled, you will not be able to book onto that course. There is no facility for a waiting list as once a specific course is filled the booking link is closed at that point.

100% complete attendance is required on any LRCFA referee course. Should you fail to achieve 100% attendance on every part of the course you will be deemed to have failed and you will not be qualified. In such an instance strictly no refunds will be offered and such you wish to pursue your course, you will have to re-register onto a future course, complete the future course in full and pay the full price.

All candidates aged 16 years or above as of the date of the Introduction Event (Theory and Practical session date for the Mini Soccer Referee Course) for the course onto which you have booked will have to complete an FA Criminal Records Check. The cost of this will be met by LRCFA. Details of how to do this will be provided at the introduction events.

The only exception to attending The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop for candidates aged 16 or above and / or undertaking a FA Criminal Records Check will be those individuals who already have a FAN number with the necessary in-date accreditation. Similar checks (e.g. from work) will not be valid. In such circumstances, you must register onto your preferred course using your current FAN number.

All candidates should take note of the refund / cancellation policy. This information can be found before you secure your place via the course relevant link.

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact our Referee Development Officer, Steve Bratt, on Steve.Bratt@LeicestershireFA.com

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