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 Dates 

Unit and 2: Sunday 9 February 2020 - 9am to 5pm

Unit 3: Wednesday 12 February 2020 7pm - 9.30pm

Unit 4: Sunday 16 February 2020 - 9am to 4pm

Unit 5: February - April

Unit 6: Wednesday 15 April 2020 - 7pm to 9pm 

Please note you must be able to attend all sessions

Referee Kit

The Referees kit provided as part of this course is to be worn when completing the initial five ‘training’ games and on all subsequent refereeing fixtures providing registration to Norfolk FA is maintained. In accordance with FA Rules and Regulations, if the refereeing qualification is not completed and / or registration ceases, the Referees kit must be returned to Norfolk County Football Association Ltd., 11 Meridian Way, Thorpe St Andrew, NORWICH, NR7 0TA.

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

Discounted Places Available 

If you are female you are eligible to a 50% discounted place - please enter the code REF-50 in the Promotional Code box at the bottom of this page.

If you live in Norfolk, are aged over 19 (on 31.08.19) and are not in full time education or an apprenticeship you are eligible to a 50% discounted place - please enter the code REF-50 in the Promotional Code box at the bottom of this page.

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: 09/02/2020 9:00 AM
Register by: 07/02/2020 5:00 PM
the FDC
Bowthorpe Park, Clover Hill Road
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David Robinson
01603 704050