Interested in becoming a referee? Here you will find a collection of referee-related guides, contacts and frequently asked questions.

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In England, The Football Association oversees refereeing for football and courses for new referees.

The minimum age for someone to go on a referee course is 14 (there is no maximum age).

Courses are run by each County Football Association and their courses can be sourced through their own website.
Each County FA has an RDO – Referee Development Officer, who can help you with any course queries but check their website first, as many answers can often be found there.

Q. What is the minimum age to go on a referee course?
A. 14.

Q. How do I book onto a referee course?
A. Visit your County FA's website for course booking details, dates and course venues.

Q. How much does a referee course cost to attend?
A. The FA have set guidelines on this, with a cap of £135.00 per candidate.

Q. Do I need any pre-course requirements?
A. Attend a pre-course workshop, this might be known as a Get Into Refereeing workshop - details through your local County FA.

Referees are required to attain an FA Safeguarding certificate before being registered to referee any matches and if aged sixteen or older and you intend to officiate in Youth football you'll also need an FA CRC certificate - details of both can be obtained from your County FA website

Here you will find a list of County FA Referee developments officers, who will be more then happy to provide any information and advice on the next step to becoming a Referee.