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Get Into Refereeing

Reasons to referee

Refereeing is a highly rewarding with countless opportunities available in the County FA. There has never been a better moment to be a referee, with incredible support systems, growth possibilities, and a clear individual road to higher levels of the men's and women's game in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Becoming a referee - step by step process

Interested in becoming a referee? Follow our step-by-step process to reach your full potential!
Pre course

1. Express your interest

If you are interested in becoming a referee, please express your interest using the link below. Our referee courses are extremely popular sign-up early to avoid missing out.
Pre coURSE


To start your journey as a referee at the County FA,  you need to complete essential training which ensures that you are following best practice and have a strong knowledge about the laws of the game.

Follow the links below to complete the required training.

Pre course

3. dbs

If you are over and including the age of 16 and refereeing youth football you must have an in date DBS.

E-mail for more information about DBS checks.

Once the first part of the application is complete, please bring your documentation with you to The FA Referee Course for verification.

dbs check
During course

4. Attend the fa referee course

The FA Referee Course is ran across two days in the week. One evening, usually a Wednesday, from 6-9pm. Followed by a full Sunday, 9am-5pm. The Wednesday focuses on the theoretical side to refereeing in the classroom and the Sunday is mainly practical out on the pitch to ensure candidates are equipped with the the basic skills to begin refereeing!

after Course

5. Join a local league

After attending The FA Referee Course, join a local league in the county and inform the County FA within the first five days of completing the course using the link below.

after course

6. Submit five games to County FA 

After you have completed your five games, please submit to the County FA using the link below.

after course

7. Attend the new referee call back evening

After you have submitted your five games, you will be invited to attend the 'New Referee Call Back Evening'.

You will receive a badge and certificate to mark the completion of the FA Referees Course.

Call back evening group pic
after course

8. Congratulations!

You have completed the FA Referee Course and are a fully qualified FA referee!

Akil Referee
after course

9. Development

The development does not stop here, there are plenty of other exciting opportunities across the county including monthly CPDs. promotion,County Core, plus many more to be announced by the Referee Development Lead!.

To find out more about how you can develop in the County FA, contact

LRCFA Referee development officer Jacob Lehane starts the summit

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