The FA Basic Referee Course (Theory & Practical)

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Course Information:

  • Minimum Age: 14
  • Course Duration: Minimum of 34 Guided Learning Hours
  • Course Prerequisites: Completion of pre-course activity packNone
  • Who is it for: This course is open to anyone who is interested in officiating 11 a side or 9 v 9 football.
  • Course aims and objectives: The Referees Course provides participants with an insight to the laws of the game and their practical application on the field of play. It also looks at the skills required to be a referee.
  • Leading to: Registered Referee Status (either level 8 Youth Referee or Level 7 Junior County Referee)

Course Content:

The course consists of 6 clear units with the following elements:

Unit 1 - Registration and Pre Course Activity

Unit 2-4 - Practical Delivery and Evaluation of Performance:

  • The Key skills required to be a football referee
  • Theoretical information  of the 17 laws of the game
  • Practical work covering implementation  of the laws
  • The art of Positioning and movement
  • Management strategies and ideas on effective decision-making
  • Effective reporting misconduct
  • Evaluation of performance and Assessment Of Knowledge

Unit 5 - Officiating 5 games of 11v11 or 9v9 gamesAssessment of Experiences:

  • Reviewing and receiving Feedback
Unit 6 - Final assessment/theory examination:


  • Examination of knowledge of Laws Of The Game
  • Plan for what happens next


PLEASE NOTE: The dates indicated on the course booking cover only the first 4 Units of learning. Unit 5 requires the candidate to track the practical implementation of their lessons in a match environment, and Unit 6, the Final Assessment, can only be completed once that has been evidenced. 

Either the Safeguarding Football on line learning resource or where applicable the workshop will be completed. A CRC check will be instigated during the course, where applicable.

Practical Involvement: Candidates are required to participate practically to maximise their opportunities for learning.

Assessment: Assessment is via successful completing the Assessment of Knowledge (theory & practical) in Unit 6.

Suggested additional learning opportunities:

  • FA Mini Football Referees Course
  • Small Sided referee Course
  • Futsal Referee Course
  • Referee Mentoring Workshop

Equality: FA Learning will ensure that it treats people fairly and with respect and that it will provide access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in, and enjoy, it's activities in an atmosphere free from harassment, bullying, discrimination or abuse. FA Learning will seek to provide a service which is appropriate to the needs of an individual and to make reasonable adjustments or provide support, where appropriate, to cater for those needs.

Course ModuleDate
Basic Referee (Theory & Practical)25/09/2016
Basic Referee (Theory & Practical)
Basic Referee (Theory & Practical)

The price for the course includes a CRC check but does not include enrolment onto a Safeguarding Children Module.  This needs to be completed separately.

If you need to cancel your attendance on the course you should inform the RNFA immediately. 

On receipt of notice of cancellation from each individual, the following refund policies will apply:

  • Cancellation notice of 60 days or more will warrant a full refund (minus a £5.00 administration fee);
  • Cancellation notice of less than 59 days but more than 30 days will warrant a 75% refund (minus an additional £5.00 administration fee).
  • Cancellation of less than 29 days but more than 7 days will warrant a 50% refund (minus an additional £5.00 administration fee).
  • If you cancel your booking less than 7 days before the scheduled start date of the Course, you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Failure to attend a course with no contact with the RNFA will result in no entitlement to a refund.

All cases of cancellation will be reviewd at the discretion of the RNFA, with exceptional circumstances considered in all cases.

Terms and Conditions for all courses can be found on the courses homepage.

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Course Details


    Register by:21/09/2017 5:00 PM

    Start Date:25/09/2017 10:00 AM


    HMS Temeraire
    Burnaby Road
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    Hannah OKell
    0870 8500 424
    02392 573032


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