The FA Referee Course
The FA Referee Course has been recently modified by The FA and is a practically based course. It is the first step that any budding referee will need to take.
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.
The following flowchart shows the various modules offered within The FA Referee Course.
What are the costs?
The FA Referee Course costs £195. This price includes all course resources, referee registration fee with LRCFA, a full set of referee kit and equipment, the cost of a safeguarding children workshop, a Criminal Records Check (CRC) if applicable and one year’s membership to the Referees’ Association.
Candidates who enrol on The FA Referee Course who are aged 16+ will also have to attend The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop. Candidates aged 14 or 15 will be required to complete an online FA Safeguarding Children Workshop. The price of these workshops are included in the course fee.
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.
Please take a look at the above video, which shows how the Referee Course has evolved over the years.
It highlights the current course which is heavily based around a large number of small, interactive practical sessions and how referee education has progressed.
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 bottom 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.
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 507472