FA REFEREES’ COURSE INFORMATION
The FA Referees’ Course provides an introduction to officiating 11v11 and 9v9 football. The course will introduce learners to The Laws of Association Football and their application, delivered through theory and practical elements and focussing on the knowledge, skills and attributes required to operate safely and effectively in grass roots football.
Unit 1: Pre-course learning (2 hours)
Unit 2: On-course theory and practical (7 hours)
Unit 3: On-course theory and practical (3 hours)
Unit 4: On-course theory and practical (7 hours)
Unit 5: Referee five matches
Unit 6: On-course final assessment (2 hours)
Through a mixture of theory and practical activity, learners will cover:
- Effective communication
- Positioning and movement
- Penalty kick and free kick management
- Managing re-starts
- Managing players
- Recognising and dealing with foul challenges
- Cautioning and sending-off procedure
- Dealing with substitutions
- Dealing with injuries
Learners must be 14 or over on the course start date.
Before refereeing their five matches (unit 5), leaners must have complied with the FA’s safeguarding requirements.
Upon successful completion of units 1-6, learners will be classified as either a Level Y referee (if aged 14 or 15) or a Level 7 referee (if aged 16 or over). The FA refereeing qualification is awarded only when all 6 units have been successfully completed.
Course Dates and Further Information
The course dates and times are as follows:
Wednesday 15th November 2017
18:30 – 21:30
* Room based – Safeguarding Children Workshop
|Saturday 18th November 2017||09:00 – 15:30||Pitch based - Unit 2 Practical Training|
|Wednesday 22nd November 2017||18:30 – 21:30||Room based – Unit 3 Fouls and Misconduct|
|Saturday 25th November 2017||09:00 – 15:30||Pitch based - Unit 4 Practical Training and Evaluation|
|Wednesday 21st March 2018||18:30 – 21:30||Room based – Unit 6 Final Examinations|
* Only candidates aged 16 and above attend the Safeguarding Children Workshop
Date for completion of 5 matches plus final examination: Wednesday 21st March 2018, 18:30 to 21:30, Ark Academy, Putney.
Units 2 and 4 are practical sessions which will take place mostly outside on football pitches. Candidates will need to come to these sessions with suitable clothing for outdoor work (such as training kit for example) plus shin pads and waterproof clothing in case of inclement weather. Candidates will also need to bring a packed lunch to these two sessions plus plenty to drink. Unit 3 takes place indoors and casual wear is acceptable.
Candidates must attend all sessions to complete the course.
All course sessions will take place at Ark Putney Academy. The address is:
Ark Putney Academy
The nearest mainline station is Putney which is less than 20 minutes from Waterloo Station.
The nearest underground station is East Putney on the District Line.
Bus routes with stops near to the Academy include numbers 37, 39, 85, 93, 170, 424 and 493.
Safeguarding Children Workshop
All candidates on the course must have a safeguarding children certificate. Candidates aged 16 and upwards will need to attend a Safeguarding Children Workshop which is on Wednesday 15th November at Ark Putney Academy from 18:30 to 21:30. Candidates aged 14 or 15 will complete an online exercise to receive their certificates and do not need to attend the workshop.
Criminal Records (‘CRC’) Checks
Candidates aged 16 and upwards who intend to referee youth football matches will need to have a criminal records check (‘CRC’) in place. We will provide instructions on how to apply online for a CRC before the course begins.
Youth football includes competitions or matches involving Under 18s teams or younger. Referees in open age football are not required to have a CRC although this may be subject to change in the future.
Examination and Initial Five Matches
Once through Units 2, 3 and 4 candidates go on to complete a minimum of 5 matches as a referee Unit (5) before they sit the final examinations. We have a panel of experienced referee mentors who can provide advice and support to candidates at this stage. The 5 matches should be completed by the target date if possible. The examination (Unit 6) will be held on Wednesday 21st March 2018 at Ark Putney Academy.
The course fee is £ 130 for all age groups.
Please note that course fees are not refundable once a booking is made.
If you would like more information before making a booking please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 8733 2613 (Option 3).