Leicestershire and Rutland CFA

Get Into Refereeing

Reasons to Referee

More and more and more people of all ages, genders, races and abilities are getting into refereeing.

For current and potential officials, refereeing is a great way to:

- Give something back to the game you love
- Remain involved in the game after injury or retirement
- Play a vital role in ensuring players enjoy the game
- Increase participation in the sport
- Make new and lasting friends


Referee team
Initial Training

The FA Basic Referee Course

This course teaches you all the tools you will need to begin your career as a Referee. Click below to learn more about the course and when we are holding the next one.

FA Respect


The FA's Respect programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, players and parents from grassroots to elite football - to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.


If you want to referee in Youth Football, and you are 16 or over, you will need an in-date Enhanced DBS Certificate, obtained through the County FA, to be compliant.  Referees under the age of 16 are ineligible to apply for a DBS. However, Referees must apply for a DBS certificate when they have reached their 16th Birthday. Please contact safeguarding@leicestershirefa.com further information.

Yes. All Referees are required by the FA to hold an in date safeguarding qualification in order to register with the County FA. Further information about safeguarding courses can be found at Safeguarding Courses | England Football Learning, or please contact referees@leicestershirefa.com for further guidance.

Your FAN is your Unique number attributed to you and holds all the information, like qualifications on it. You can retrieve or create a FAN here.

You can start to train to become a referee at 14 years old. 

Each course is priced differently. To find out more about the courses and their prices click here

Check each course to find out if there is anything you are required to complete prior to attending the course

While we don't run a specific Assistant Referee course, we hold a number of workshops through the year that may be of benefit to you

Get In Touch

Development Team

Call: 0116 286 7828 Option 3

Email: Referees@leicestershirefa.com