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.

Discounted Places Available
If you are aged over 19 on 31.08.16, not in full time and education and live in Norfolk you are eligible for a discounted place at £75.

The cost of the course for all age groups is £150 which includes the following:

  • Copy of latest FIFA Laws of the Game
  • Interactive 'Laws of the Game'  DVD
  • Pre-course study pack
  • Referee Portfolio folder 
  • All course materials
  • Qualified FA Referee Tutors during the course
  • 'Respect' training
  • Safeguarding Children Workshop (or on-line course for 14-16 year olds)
  • FA registration fee for one season (normally £20)
  • Full Nike Norfolk FA Referee kit - Sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • Referee whistle
  • Lanyard for whistle
  • Red/yellow cards & holder
  • Match record cards
  • Assistant Referee flags
  • The FA Three Lions badge (on completion of course)
  • A list of local Referees' Association contacts
  • A list of League contacts
  • Certificate of qualification
  • Associate membership of the Referee/FA (RAFA) Association
  • Service of the Referees’ Department of Norfolk County FA
  • Services of a Referee Coach or Mentor
  • Membership of the Young Referee Group (14-25 year olds)
  • Enrolment in the Referees’ Incentive programme (for Adult football)

Course Dates

Friday 10 February 7pm – 9pm                         Unit 1    Registration and pre-course activity       

Sunday 26 February 9am – 4pm                       Unit 2    Theoretical & Practical Delivery

Wednesday 1 March 7pm – 9.30pm                Unit 3    Fouls & Misconduct Training

Sunday 5 March 9am – 4pm                              Unit 4    Theoretical & Practical Delivery

March - April                                                       Unit 5     Officiating 5 games of 11vs11 or 9vs9 football

Wednesday 26 April 7pm - 9pm                       Unit 6    Final Assessment & Theory Examination

Please note you must be able to attend all sessions

Discounted Places Available

If you are aged over 19 on 31.08.16, not in full time and education and live in Norfolk you are eligible for a discounted place at £75.

If you have any further enquiries please contact the Referee Development Officer: David.Robinson@NorfolkFA.com

To view the booking terms and conditions please click here

Please note prices are correct at time of publishing but may be subject to change in the future

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Start date: 10/02/2017 7:00 PM
Register by: 09/02/2017 5:00 PM
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