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Reasons to Referee

Wonder what it's like to manage a football game? Love football but can't play as much as you used to? Want a hobby where you can earn money?

Or maybe you just simply want to understand why certain refereeing decisions are made?

Well you're not the only one, more and more people of all ages, genders, races and abilities are getting into refereeing.

Nottinghamshire FA recognise the changing dynamics of football and that recruiting match officials need to replicate these changing demands.

We run a variety of referee courses which are specifically designed to recruit new match officials into the various formats that are now available; 11v11, 9v9, Mini Soccer, Futsal and disability football.

We believe in offering age related training and game access.

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Initial Training

The FA Basic Referee Course

The FA Referees Course is designed for anyone aged 14 (please see Mini Soccer advisory) 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.


You can take the Mini Soccer Referee Course at the age of 14 however, Nottinghamshire FA advise you to be at least 16 before completing this. 

No, as long as you are 16 years old you can take FA Referee Course without any other qualifications. The Mini Soccer Referee Course is for those who want to officiate mini soccer rather than 11v11.

No, before officiating the 11v11 game you will need to complete the FA Mini Soccer Referees Conversion Course.

Get In Touch

By Email: Referee@nottinghamshireFA.com

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.

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