FA Grassroots Referees

Make a difference to the game

Get into refereeing with Hampshire FA


Reasons to Referee

Do you have what it takes to make the hard calls?

If you are up to the task refereeing is a great way to:

  • Get into football
  • Remain involved in the game after injury or retirement
  • Play a vital role in ensuring players enjoy the game
  • Increase participation in the sport
  • Make new and lasting friends


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 you have completed this and The FA Safeguarding For All Course, you’ll be ready to move onto the face-to-face training course.

Refereeing 11v11

The FA Referee Course

The FA Referee Course is designed for anyone aged 14 and up who wants to join the tens of thousands of referees who operate week in week out on local parks, throughout the English football pyramid, up to those who officiate The FA Cup Final and on the International stage.

As a Referee you play an integral role in ensuring all participants enjoy their match day experience, helping create a competitive, fair, safe and enjoyable playing environment.Whether you want to referee in youth and adult leagues, men's or women's football or have aspirations of one day walking the ball out at Wembley Stadium, The FA Referees Course is the starting point for your refereeing career.

Refereeing is not only rewarding in a football environment, but the social and life skills that come from becoming a referee extend far beyond your initial expectations.

Before you can undertake this course, you must have completed The FA's online Laws of the Game Guide and The FA Safeguarding For All Course.

Engaging with the community

community match official workshops

This workshop is aimed at clubs/leagues/communities to engage with those who may not have been exposed to refereeing before.

If you would like our Referees Department to deliver this workshop for your clubs/leagues/communities, then please contact Andy Moisey Referee Development Manager for details.

The FA Respect


The FA's Respect programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, players and parents from grassroots to elite football - to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.

Referee Kit

Referee Kit and Equipment

Hampshire FA Online Referee Shop

Exclusive county FA offers with our partners, Vesey.

Please note that the training wear sections on the site are pre-discounted and don’t require any discount codes.

For all items in the match kit section, please input the discount code: DISCREFHAMPS to get the best price on the match kit. 


The first step towards getting into refereeing is to complete the new online FA Laws of the Game Guide. This is free to complete and open to anyone aged 14+. Once you have completed this guide, you will then be able to proceed to The FA Referee Course if you wish.

Complete the Guide by Clicking Here

Complete Safeguarding for All Course Here

It is FREE! Click Here to Complete the Guide

Please note you will need an FA number (FAN) and password. If you don't have a FAN, you can sign up via the link above.

If you have forgotten your FAN and/or password, you can retrieve these details on the page by clicking here

The FA Laws of the Game Guide is the first step towards getting into refereeing. You do not need to do anything before completing this guide other than set up an account so that you have a FAN.

You will, however, need to have completed the Laws of the Game guide before you can undertake The FA Referee Course.

The cost to attend the FA Referees Course is £145.00

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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Get In Touch

By Phone: 01256 853011
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

By Email: Andy.Moisey@HampshireFA.com