Apply for the Referee Development Appointment Programme

Leicestershire & Rutland County FA is now encouraging registered referees at Level 7, 6 and 5 to apply for its Referee Development Appointments…
This programme has previously being called the Referee Development Academy (RDA) and has undergone some fundamental changes over the last couple of seasons in order to best fulfil its primary purpose.

The scheme is open to all referees who are currently registered at Level 7, 6 or 5 with LRCFA as their ‘Parent’ County FA, irrespective of their age or experience and who have a current and valid email address.

Your successful application will be based around your levels of commitment and adherence to a variety of criteria and to you agreeing to a Code of Conduct, which can be found below. Before deciding to apply it is vitally important to fully understand the selection criteria.

You will also be required to agree to all conditions stipulated within the Code of Conduct.


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When deciding upon which applicants will be offered a place in the RDAP scheme for Season 2017-2018 the following criteria will be taken into account, in order of prioritised importance from top to bottom as follows:

• Inclusion within The FA CORE Programme for Season 2017-2018. Some referees included in this programme will already be aware of their inclusion.
• Allocation of a Coach within the LRCFA Referee Development Group for Season 2017-2018. (The formulation of the Referee Development Group coaching structure has been decided but has not been publicised to any referees at present).
• Perceived potential of each given applicant to reach Level 3 and above in the opinion of LRCFA Referee Development Officer and LRCFA Development Group Manager.
• Inclusion in the LRCFA Promotion Scheme for 2017-2018.
• Perceived previous standards of professionalism, availability and reliability within the RDAP (if applicable).
• Levels of attendance at LRCFA Development Group Meetings for Season 2016-2017.
• Previous refereeing experience.
• Regular availability to accept appointments on Saturday afternoons and midweek evenings.
• Own transport to matches by either car or motorcycle.

The majority of the nominations to The Football Association for selected LRCFA referees to receive appointments to the early rounds of various FA competitions, including The FA Challenge Cup, The FA Challenge Trophy, The FA Challenge Vase and The FA Sunday Challenge Cup will be made predominantly from successful applicants who are formally offered a position within the RDAP.

By applying to join the scheme, you are not automatically entered into it and your inclusion is dependent upon being able to meet all or some of the above criteria. In the event of a large number of applications. You will be notified of the outcome of your application in due course, on or around week commencing Monday 17 July 2017.

To be considered for inclusion onto this scheme, your application to join must be received by no later than midday on Monday 26 June 2017. Any applications received after this date will not be considered.

A brief outline of the RDAP Scheme and some of its benefits are given below:

“The Referee Development Appointments Programme (RDAP) was introduced as the Referee Development Academy (RDA) in 2010 to help 'bridge the gap' between county based football and regional football, providing officials with the necessary preparation and development to progress to Level 4 and further up the refereeing ladder. Inclusion into the RDAP will be by application and selection and all referees within the programme will be required to sign and adhere to a Code of Conduct.

The introduction of the RDAP has allowed us to create a development pathway that recognises talented officials, who want to learn, improve and develop all of their refereeing skills.

The RDAP application process is open to every referee at Level 7, 6 or 5 and who operates in adult football on a Saturday afternoon. The opportunity is there for those who have the passion, desire and commitment to develop their refereeing skills. By working hard together we can continue to raise the standards of refereeing in Leicestershire & Rutland and further enhance our reputation as a strong and progressive County that produces high quality match officials.”

Should you require any additional information, please contact Steve Bratt, Referee Development Officer, on or 0116 284 4953

Thanks very much and we look forward to receiving your application.

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