Referees Courses

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There are several Referees Courses available, the first step on the refereeing ladder is The FA 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.

The FA Referee Course

The FA Referee Course is the first step that any budding referee will need to take’

The following three courses, will take place between July and October 2015. As part of all referee courses, you will have to attend a compulsory Introduction Event and two such events will take place as below. You now have the opportunity to secure your place at one of these events. The cost of attending one of these evenings will be £50. This will then be discounted from the total cost of whichever course you book onto. If you choose not to book onto a course after attending an Introduction Event, a full refund will be given. If you currently have a FAN number, it is of paramount important that you use this to register as opposed to unnecessarily creating a new one.

  • Wednesday 08 July 2015 / LRCFA, Holmes Park / 6.30 to 9.00pm

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. If you wish to attend an induction event, please book on the below date.

  • Wednesday 15 July 2015 / LRCFA, Holmes Park / 6.30 to 9.00pm

To secure your place at this event, please register by using the following link by no later than Friday 10 July: http://eventspace.thefa.com/leicestershirefa/RCIE201502 

 

The following three courses will then take place as below. Please note that you WILL NOT be able to book your place on any of these courses until AFTER the Wednesday 15 July.

 

  • The FA Referee Course for candidates aged 14 years and over will take place on the following dates:

Monday to Wednesday 03 to 05 August 2015 inclusive / Aylestone Park FC / 9.30am to 4.30pm (PRACTICAL COURSE)

Monday 26 October 2015 / LRCFA, Holmes Park / 6.30 to 9.00pm (EXAMINATION EVENING)

ALL candidates aged 16 or above as of 01 August 2015 will also have to attend an FA Safeguarding Children Workshop. This will take place as follows: Thursday 06 August 2015 / LRCFA, Holmes Park / 6.30 to 9.30pm. This workshop will be free of charge. Candidates aged 14 or 15 as of 01 August 2015 will be provided with details at the introduction Event with how they will need to obtain their Safeguarding Children accreditation. 

  • The FA Referee Course for candidates aged 14 years and over will take place on the following dates:

Sunday 09 August 2015 / Charnwood College / 9.00am to 6.00pm (PRACTICAL COURSE)

Wednesday 12 August 2015 / Charnwood College / 6.00 to 9.00pm (PRACTICAL COURSE)

Sunday 16 August 2015 / Charnwood College / 9.00am to 6.00pm (PRACTICAL COURSE)

Wednesday 28 October 2015 / LRCFA, Holmes Park / 6.30 to 9.00pm (EXAMINATION EVENING)

ALL candidates aged 16 or above as of 01 August 2015 will also have to attend an FA Safeguarding Children Workshop. This will take place as follows: Thursday 13 August 2015 / LRCFA, Holmes Park / 6.30 to 9.30pm. This workshop will be free of charge. Candidates aged 14 or 15 as of 01 August 2015 will be provided with details at the introduction Event with how they will need to obtain their Safeguarding Children accreditation.

 

  • The FA Mini-Soccer Referee Course for candidates aged 14 years and over will take place on the following dates:

Thursday 06 August 2015 / Brockington College / 9.00am to 6.00pm (PRACTICAL COURSE)

Wednesday 07 October 2015 / LRCFA, Holmes Park / 6.30 to 9.00pm (EXAMINATION EVENING)

ALL candidates aged 16 or above as of 01 August 2015 will also have to attend an FA Safeguarding Children Workshop. This will take place as follows: Thursday 13 August 2015 / LRCFA, Holmes Park / 6.30 to 9.30pm. This workshop will be charged at £29. Candidates aged 14 or 15 as of 01 August 2015 will be provided with details at the introduction Event with how they will need to obtain their Safeguarding Children accreditation. 

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 a referee registration fee with LRCFA, a full set of referee kit and equipment and one year’s membership to the Referees’ Association. The initial £50 deposit paid for attending the Introduction Evening will automatically be deducted from these figures.

Please take note of the following important information:

- When booking opens for the courses, places will be allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis.

-100% complete attendance is required on any LRCFA referee courses. 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 and pay full price.

- The only exception to attending The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop for candidates aged 16 or above as of 01 August 2015 will be those individuals who already have a FAN number and have the necessary accreditation. In such circumstances, you must register to attend one of the two Introduction Events using your current FAN number.

All candidates aged 16 years or above as of 01 August 2015 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.

What are the costs?

The cost per candidate for The FA Referee Course will be £195. This will include all resources and tutoring and a referee kit bundle pack that consists of the following, as supplied by A+H International: 1 x A&H Short-Sleeved Shirt, 1 x A&H Shorts, 1 x Black Elasticated Referee Sock with Cushioned Foot and Ankle Support, 1 x Fox 40 Classic Whistle – Black, 1 x Elastic Wrist Lanyard – Black, 1 x Red/Yellow Cards, 1 x Black Matchcard Wallet with Hard Back, 1 x Match Day Pad, and 1 x Referee's Starter Flag Set. As part of the package we will supply the following free of charge to all candidates: Postage and Packaging for the delivery of referee kit bundle packs (if supplied at the course) and one years free membership to the Referees’ Association. Candidates who enrol on a FA 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!

Mini Soccer Referee Course

We also offer a Mini-Soccer only refereeing course. This is 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 £125. 

The cost per candidate will be £125. This will include all resources and tutoring and a referee kit bundle pack that consists of the following, as supplied by A+H International: 1 x A&H Short-Sleeved Shirt, 1 x A&H Shorts, 1 x Black Elasticated Referee Sock with Cushioned Foot and Ankle Support, 1 x Fox 40 Classic Whistle – Black, 1 x Elastic Wrist Lanyard – Black, 1 x Red/Yellow Cards, 1 x Black Matchcard Wallet with Hard Back, 1 x Match Day Pad, and 1 x Referee's Starter Flag Set. As part of the package we will supply the following free of charge to all candidates: Postage and Packaging for the delivery of referee kit bundle packs (if supplied at the course) and one years free membership to the Referees’ Association.

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..

Futsal Referee

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 are interested in diversifying you refereeing skills, please contact:

Philippa Bass 
Disability Football Development Officer 
E: 
Philippa.Bass@LeicestershireFA.com
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 
E: 
Steve.Bratt@LeicestershireFA.com
T: 0116 284 4953 
M: 07534 507472

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