Coin toss

The FA Referee Course

Course Overview

Minimum Age: 14

Course Duration: ​24 hours

Price: £110

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

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COURSE DETAILS

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 https://falearning.thefa.com/course/view.php?id=1804 

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.

 

 

 

To help you through the process of booking on to our courses, please ensure you read through carefully the details below. Please note that we cannot guarantee the candidate place on the course if the steps below have not been fully completed.

FA Account (FAN)

In order for you to book onto one of our Referee Courses, you will need to create an FA Account. This link below will guide you through this process

https://help.thefa.com/support/solutions/articles/7000028493-what-is-a-fan-

Important Information U18’s

For those who are U18 and having issues completing the online learning, please see the below guidance. If you are still unable to access the course, please contact education@thefa.com who will be able to assist.

All learners under 18 will need to have their own FAN with its own log in whilst also being linked to a parent / adult FAN. 

In order to link an under 16’s FAN to your FAN, log in to My Account using your email address and password. Scroll down to ‘Link Existing Junior’ or ‘Create New Junior Member’ and follow the prompts.
 
Once the Junior FAN has been created / linked, click on their name which will take you to their profile. Click on the pencil icon next to Email, then add their email address. Please note an email address can only be added to those aged at least 14.
 
The email address will then need verifying. Go to MyAccount.TheFA.com and click on ‘Forgotten Password?’ and enter the email address. A verification code will be sent to the email address. Enter the verification code and click Verify Code. Once the email address is verified, a password can be created. 

If this is not the issue, please log out of FA Learning, clear your cache and cookies and then return to the course page using an incognito web browser on a laptop or desktop device. 


Course Pre-Requisites – MANDATORY FOR ALL CANDIDATES

Before you attend one of our referee courses, the course pre-requisites will need to be completed by the CANDIDATE. These are compulsory requirements and you will not be able to attend the course if you haven’t completed them. 

Please see details of these below:

You MUST have completed the ‘Online Guide to the Laws of the Game’ (link below). This is a compulsory requirement of the FA Referee Course and is free of charge. In order to access the course you will need to log in with an existing FA account or create a new account. Please ensure that the information on the account is accurate to the learner. 

https://falearning.thefa.com/course/view.php?id=1804

You MUST have completed the relevant Online Safeguarding training. Please see the details of which course to access below.

Learners who are 14/15 years old - Complete free 1 hour Safeguarding For All LINK HERE (valid for two years)

All other learners who are 16+ - Complete the Online Safeguarding Children Course (£30) LINK HERE (valid for two years with continual free recertification) 

If you are 16 years +, you will also need to complete a DBS. I have attached the DBS guidance document to the email, this will guide you through the online application process. On the first day of your course you will need to bring with you the 3 documents you have selected. Please note, the price of your first DBS is covered within the course fee and will therefore be free of charge.



Course Booking Links 

When booking onto the course, please ensure the details you enter are accurate to the learner attending the course.

 

 

 

Day Date Time Session Venue
Evening session 19/08/2021 18:00-21:00 Intro Evening NTU, Clifton Campus
Day session 20/08/2021 09:00 - 17:00 Practical / Theory NTU, Clifton Campus

 

Booking link

 

 

Centenary Sports Ground
Day Date Time Session Venue
Evening session 19/08/2021 14:00-17:00  Intro Session Centenary Sports Ground
Day session 20/08/2021 09:00 - 17:00 Practical / Theory Centenary Sports Ground

 

BOOKING LINK

 

 

 

 

Centenary Sports Ground
Day Date Time Session Venue
Evening session 25/08/2021 14:00-17:00 Intro Evening Centenary Sports Ground
Day session 26/08/2021 09:00 - 17:00 Practical / Theory  Centenary Sports Ground

 

 

booking link

Day Date Time Session Venue
Evening session 26/07/2021 18:00-21:00 Intro Evening  NTU, Clifton Campus
Day session 01/08/2021 09:00 - 17:00 Practical / Theory NTU, Clifton Campus
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Evening session 26/07/2021 18:00-21:00 Intro Evening  NTU, Clifton Campus
Day session 01/08/2021 09:00 - 17:00 Practical / Theory NTU, Clifton Campus

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FAQS

Either the Safeguarding Football online learning resource or where applicable the workshop will be completed.

A CRC check will be instigated during the course, where applicable.

Get In Touch

By Phone: 07944 840002

By Email: 
melissa.burgin@nottinghamshirefa.com

 

                                                                                                        Information for U18’s

For those who are U18 and having issues completing the online learning, please see the below guidance. If you are still unable to access the course, please contact education@thefa.com who will be able to assist.

All learners under 18 will need to have their own FAN with its own log in whilst also being linked to a parent / adult FAN. 

In order to link an under 16’s FAN to your FAN, log in to My Account using your email address and password. Scroll down to ‘Link Existing Junior’ or ‘Create New Junior Member’ and follow the prompts.

Once the Junior FAN has been created / linked, click on their name which will take you to their profile. Click on the pencil icon next to Email, then add their email address. Please note an email address can only be added to those aged at least 14.

The email address will then need verifying. Go to MyAccount.TheFA.com and click on ‘Forgotten Password?’ and enter the email address. A verification code will be sent to the email address. Enter the verification code and click Verify Code. Once the email address is verified, a password can be created. 

If this is not the issue, please log out of FA Learning, clear your cache and cookies and then return to the course page using an incognito web browser on a laptop or desktop device.

Available Dates

Unfortunately there are no available dates.