Coin toss

The FA Referee Course

Course Overview

Minimum Age: 14

Price: £145

Leading To: Registered Referee Status (either level 8 Youth Referee or Level 7 Junior County Referee)

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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.

Course Content 

Online Learning

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 

If you are under the age of 16, you might find the information at the refereeing help centre useful when logging in.

This module covers the referee’s pre-match responsibilities and includes ensuring players’ kit is safe, how to carry out the coin toss and what a referee needs to take to a match with them.

This module contains short video clips (GIFs) which show every signal the referee and assistant referee might give during a match.

This module deals with foul challenges, violent conduct, handball, unsporting behaviour, DOGSO offences and advantage. It uses video clips from football at different levels to show how the referee should manage common scenarios.

This module also uses video clips, this time to demonstrate what is and isn’t offside and how the referee should manage offside offences. The clips, like those used in the ‘Getting it Right’ module, are voiced over to explain the decisions the referees make.

This module covers restarts and set-pieces, including goal kicks, corner kicks, throw-ins, free kicks and penalty kicks. It uses both video and illustrations to clarify what players must do at each restart and set-piece and explains what the referee should do if players don’t comply with the Law.

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.


Laws Of The Game Guide

This new online guide is the official first step towards becoming a referee.

It’s free to complete, open to everyone 14+ and over five modules will carefully guide you through the Laws of the Game. You’ll be shown how each Law should be applied during matches, with plenty of opportunity to try what you’ve learned with several interactive activities. Once complete you’ll be ready to move onto the face-to-face training course, which will start back up once government guidance permits.

Available Dates

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Special Offer!

For a limited period, you will also be provided with associate membership of a local Referees Society in Hampshire.

Important Information

We adhere to a strict cancellation policy and by enrolling onto our course you agree to have read and agree to be bound by our Terms and Conditions.


The minimum age to book onto and attend a referee course is 14. There is no maximum age.

Prior to being allocated a space on The FA Referee Course you MUST complete the following:

Once you have completed these elements you will then be called forward to attend face-to-face training at one of the below courses. Should you require any assistance then please contact





Course Organiser


Winklebury Football Complex (Day 1)


Hampshire FA


Winklebury Football Complex (Day 2)


Hampshire FA


Front Lawn Community Hub (Day 1)


Hampshire FA


Front Lawn Community Hub (Day 2)


Hampshire FA


Thornden School (Day 1)


Hampshire FA


Thornden School (Day 2)


Hampshire FA


Thornden School (Day 1)


Hampshire FA


Thornden School (Day 2)


Hampshire FA


Further courses will be provided moving forward.

The course fee is £145.00 per candidate

All bookings are made through a secure online portal and confirmations of bookings are generated back to you after payment has been made. 

You will be required to enter your FA Number (FAN) and password to book onto a course or create a FAN and password when you go to book onto a referee course if you don’t have one already

Create A FAN here

Please Note: You will need to create a new FAN for your Son/Daughter if you already have a FAN yourself, because the FAN used will be accepted as the person booked on.

An individual under the age of 16 must have a parent or guardian linked to their FA account to be able to access the Laws of the Game guide.

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