The prime focus of the joint venture is on recruiting, retraining, developing and supporting referees throughout the country, with the aim of making a major contribution to raising retention rates and increasing the number of referees.
The Football Association Match Officials (FAMOA) has been absorbed into the RA-FA.
Referees will automatically become associate members of the RA, free of charge, once they have registered with a County FA. As such they will receive:
- Invitations to RA-FA training events
- The Refereeing Magazine published by the RA and the FA
- Information about local RA Society Meetings
Associate members of the RA can upgrade to full membership of the RA by joining a local Referees' Society. Typically, the annual fee payable to join varies between each society. Benefits from joining RA-FA include the right to participate free of charge in the RA-FA Incentive Scheme. Under the Scheme, points are awarded for games at which referees officiate, any colleague mentored, any assessments carried out, all continuation training sessions at which they are present and entitlement to points all have been recorded in a logbook.
The points earned can be exchanged for various items of refereeing kit merchandise. Items available vary from pumps and pressure gauges to Referee's kit and tracksuits.
The scheme runs from 1st August to the 31st July each year. Unused points cannot be carried forward.
Local RA Contact Details
Secretary: A Barney
Address: 81 Forest Road, Coalville, Leicester, LE67 3SN
Tel: 01530 838345
Venue: Bardon Hill Sports FC
Meets: First Monday of each month 7.30 or 7.45pm
Secretary: D Arnett
Address: 21 Primrose Drive, Burbage, Leicester, LE10 2SL
Tel: 01455 238810
Venue: Barwell Constitutional Club
Meets: Second Monday of each month at 8pm
Secretary: B G Cornes
Address: 256 Braddon Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 0UJ
Tel: 01509 236655
Venue: Loughborough Dynamo, Nanpanton Road, Loughborough
Meets: Fourth Monday of each month 7.30pm
Secretary: B Gordon
Address: 35 Valley Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicester, LE13 0DU
Tel: 01664 854196
Venue: Melton Toy Soldiers Band Room, LE13 0UJ
Meets: Third Sunday of each month at 7.30pm
Secretary: S Anderson
Address: 11 Acres Road, Leicester Forest East, Leicester, LE3 3HB
Tel: 07972 030 533
Venue: Holmes Park, Whetstone
Meets: Third Monday of each month 7.30pm
All 5 of our County FA Referees Associations come under the umbrella of Leicestershire And Rutland Society Of Associated Referees (LARSOAR). Their Secretary is Bob Gahan and his phone number is: 07985 455882
For more information on the RA-FA and Local Referees' Associations please contact:
Referee Development Officer
T: 0116 284 4953
M: 07534 507 472