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.

Course Structure

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)

Course Content

Through a mixture of theory and practical activity, learners will cover:

  1. Effective communication
  2. Positioning and movement
  3. Penalty kick and free kick management
  4. Managing re-starts
  5. Advantage
  6. Managing players
  7. Recognising and dealing with foul challenges
  8. Cautioning and sending-off procedure
  9. Offside
  10. Dealing with substitutions
  11. Dealing with injuries

Minimum Age

Learners must be 14 or over on the course start date.

Safeguarding Requirements

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 Day
11th July 201918:30 - 20:30IntroductionBrumby Hall Ashby Road Scunthorpe Lincolnshire DN16 1AA England
13th July 201910:00 - 16:00Theory & Practical - Day 1Brumby Hall Ashby Road Scunthorpe Lincolnshire DN16 1AA England
14th July 201910:00 - 16:00Theory & Practical - Day 2Brumby Hall Ashby Road Scunthorpe Lincolnshire DN16 1AA England

Course Cancellations & Transfers: 

Should a candidate wish to cancel or transfer their place on a course, they need to notify LCFA as soon as possible by emailing the Football Development Department; Chris.Funnell@LincolnshireFA.com

Course Cancellation: 

Our courses are in high demand and by not informing us that you are unable to attend, you are preventing another candidate from attending the course. The following charges will apply to all cancellations:

  • 28 days or more a candidate will be entitled to a full refund.
  • 27 days – 14 days a candidate will be charged 25% of their course fee plus admin fee.
  • 13 days – 7 days a candidate will be charged 50% of their course fee plus admin fee.
  • 6 days or less no refund will be provided.

Course Transfers: 

If a candidate wishes to transfer to a different course the following charges apply:

If notification is provided between 28 – 14 days prior to the start date of the course no fee will be charged.

If notification is provided between 13 – 7 days prior to the start of the course there will be a 10% (of the total course fee) administration charge.

If notification is provided less than 6 days prior to the start of the course the candidate will not be able to transfer. They will lose their course place on the course and will need to re-book on to another course at full cost.

Consideration will be given to candidates who, for health reasons or exceptional circumstances are unable to attend and require a transfer to another course. A letter from a Doctor or medical professional may be requested.

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