The FA Referee Course is designed to equip new referees with the key skills and knowledge they will need to be able to referee grassroots football matches safely and effectively. It is for people aged 14 and over who want to referee mini soccer, 9 v 9 and/or 11 v 11 football.
The course comprises online learning on the Laws of the Game and face to face training. You must complete the online learning before attending the face to face training. You will also need to complete online safeguarding training before attending the face to face training.
The online learning has five sections (modules) and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. There are lots of videos to demonstrate how the Laws should be applied, activities to help reinforce the important points and, at the end of each module, there are some questions to test what you’ve learned.
The online learning can be accessed at https://falearning.thefa.com/course/view.php?id=1804 and should be done prior to registering for the course.
If you are under the age of 16, you might find the information at the refereeing help centre useful when logging in.
Module 1 – Before the Match
Module 2 – Signals and Communication
Module 3 – ‘Getting it Right’
Module 5 – Managing Restarts and Set-Pieces
Face to Face Training
There is 11 hours of face to face training (normally one evening, followed by a full day), which mixes training room work with practical activity on a pitch. Key messages from the online learning are reinforced throughout. The training room work includes:
• Fun, interactive quizzes
• How to establish rapport and build relationships with players and coaches
• Recognising and dealing with foul challenges and handball
• Managing offside
• Dealing with inappropriate behaviour
• Managing players
On the pitch, you will have the opportunity to turn your knowledge into skills through refereeing game based scenarios. You will practise:
• Communicating decisions
• Cautioning and sending off techniques
• Managing the kick off, free kicks, penalty kicks, corner kicks and throw-ins
• Positioning in open play and at restarts
• Being an assistant referee
Qualifying as a Referee
To qualify as a referee, you must also referee five games after you have attended the face to face training. You will then receive a certificate and an FA Referee badge.
You be supported through those five games by your County Football Association (CFA). As you continue your refereeing career, you will then be able to access further training opportunities, both online and face to face.
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).
Candidates registering for this course who do not meet the English understanding criteria or have not declared a physical disability for which support may be required may be asked to leave the course without refund. In accepting the terms & conditions of the course you are confirming that you have understood the above.
Venue - Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT
|Monday 8th November||7.00pm - 10.00pm|
|Day 2||Saturday 13th November|
9.00am - 5.00pm
Candidates must attend all of the advertised dates & times in the course schedule. Failure to do so will result in non-qualification. Please do not book this course if you are unable to attend all of the advertised dates.
No later than 7 days prior to the start of the course, candidates must have completed The FA's online laws of the guide module. This can be accessed by using the following link: https://falearning.thefa.com/course/view.php?id=1804
In addition, all learners are expected to have completed The FA's Safeguarding Children Modules prior to attending the course. The link for these modules can be found here: https://thebootroom.thefa.com/learning/qualifications/safeguarding-courses
|Price||Amount||Who can apply at this price?|
|Full Price||£135.00||Any individual over the age of 14.|
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