Rules of The FA WPL


Ever tried playing a game of football without a referee?
It's difficult, right...?

Referees perform a vital role in the game, and with the growth in the popularity of football, particularly for women and children, the demand for match officials is increasing. Refereeing is a great way to get involved in football and there has never been a better time to be a referee in Nottingham.

Become a Referee

Thinking of becoming a referee?

  • Refereeing is a great way to be involved in football
  • There are opportunities for everyone
  • Remain active in the game following injury or retirement
  • Make new and lasting friends within the game
  • Play a huge role in ensuring the players enjoy their match day experience
FA Grassroots Referees

Development & Courses

Nottinghamshire FA offer a wide range of development and courses for ambitious refereees starting at the age of 14 with the Mini Soccer Referee Course working their way up to The FA Referee Course. We encourage the development of referees through our Development Group and Referee Promotion scheme that supports match officials on moving through the FA’s referee pathway. There are monthly meetings to provide additional training opportunities on a variety of topics including fitness and fitness testing, practical and theory session all game related. 
A helping Hand

Refereeing Development

Our referees are recruited, trained and examined to enable a smooth grassroots operation.  As they gain experience further opportunities are provided to aid their development and progression.  Appointments are made to adult and youth County Cup ties, together with games in certain FA competitions.