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- 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)
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 Dates and Further Information
The course dates and times are as follows:
|Thursday 21st March 2019||6.30pm-9.30pm||Safeguarding *|
|Sunday 24th March 2019||9.30am-4.00pm||Unit 2 Practical Training|
|Thursday 28th March 2019||6.30pm-9.30pm||Unit 3 Fouls and Misconduct|
|Sunday 31st March 2019||9.30am-4.00pm||Unit 4 Practical Training and Evaluation|
|Wednesday 10th July 2019||6.30pm-9.30pm||Unit 6 Final Examination|
* Only candidates aged 16 and above attend the Safeguarding Children Workshop. Those under 16 complete an online course.
When you start the course will be given:
- a whistle
- elasticated wrist lanyard
- red and yellow cards
- matchcard wallet with cards and pencil
- matchpad with 50 sheets
- assistant referee flag
On the course, you will be given the opportunity to purchase a referee kit. You must have a referee kit before you start refereeing.
Units 2 and 4 are practical sessions which will take place mostly outside on grass football pitches - please bring suitable footwear. 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.
Date for completion of 5 matches plus final examination: Wednesday 10th July 2019, 6.30pm-9.30pm
Candidates must attend all sessions to complete the course.
All course sessions will take place at Aylward Academy. The address is:
The nearest tube station is Silver Street Station on the Overground line between Liverpool Street and Chestnut/ Enfield Town. Available buses from Pymmes Park Stop N are 34, 102, 144. These buses will take you to Millfield Theatre Stop WQ. The school is a 2 minute walk after getting off the bus. Walk west on Silver Street towards Windmill Ward, turn right on Windmill Road, the school will be on the left after turning on Windmill Road. Another option is take the Piccadilly line to Wood Green Station walk to bus stop Redvers Road Stop E, get the 144 bus. This will take you to North Middlesex Hospital Lopen Road Stop K. Walk west on Silver Street towards Strand Place, then turn right on Windmill Road, the school will be on the left.
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 Thursday 21st March 2019 at Aylward Academy from 7pm-10pm. Candidates aged 14 or 15 will complete an online exercise to receive their certificates and do not need to attend the workshop. Candidates under the age of 16 must complete their online safeguarding module before Sunday 31st March 2019.
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. When instructions for CRC verification is give, please complete the provided information for a CRC and bring the three documents you chose in your application (the documents must be the original documentation).
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 10th July 2019 at Aylward Academy.
The course fee is £160 for all age groups.
Please note that course fees are not refundable once a booking is made.
To see our course booking terms and conditions, please click on the following link http://www.amateur-fa.com/coaches/development-and-courses
If you suffer from a condition that you believe may affect your involvement on a course on either the practical or theoretical elements, please notify us immediately of any support you may require and we will make every effort to ensure that you are supported throughout the course of delivery and given every opportunity to successfully attain the relevant course award.
Please note - All Courses will be conducted in English and therefore candidates are required to be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).
In accepting the terms & conditions of the course you are confirming that you have understood the above.
If you would like more information before making a booking please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 8733 2613 (Option 5).
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