Referees' Association

The Cambridge & District Referees’ Society is the local branch of the National Referees Association. It is run by referees, for referees, and is on hand to offer training, support and to provide a voice for its members. Use this page to find out about the Society, to keep up to date with what we're doing and to pick up additional advice and materials as they become available.

Aims & Objectives
  • Committed to improve the standard of refereeing
  • Represent the interests of members at local and national level 
  • Provide training and development opportunities for referees 
  • Provide access to the Referees’ Association Benevolent Fund to assist members in times of hardship 
  • Offer support and for referees involved in assaults or disciplinary actions 
  • Cultivate friendship and positive relationships between referees and associated bodies     

Why Join?

  • Free, informal advice and guidance
  • Informative, fun, interactive training events for both law and practical refereeing
  • High profile speakers from various footballing backgrounds
  • Chance to claim free kit/equipment using the RAFA incentive scheme
  • Opportunity to attend the Donosti Cup in Spain annually with fellow members
  • Discounts in local amenities and attractions
  • Insurance for damage to belongings (see below for Policy and Claims information)
  • Support / representation in the event of conflict
  • Opportunity to attend the annual National RA Conference
  • Society branded clothing
  • Refereeing magazine published several times a year
  • Attend at social events, such as the Christmas meal, bowling, quizzes, etc
  • Enjoy direct access to over 80 local referees of all ages, levels and experience
  • NEW - 15% discount and FREE gait analysis from Sweatshop Cambridge at the David Lloyd Leisure Centre 



 How Does It Work?

  • Monthly meetings during the football season at Bottisham British Legion HQ
  • You pay only £20 per annum for adults or £15 per annum for under 18s (one of the lowest fees in the country) renewable on 1st March each year


  • President:                    Marc Wilson
  • Chairman:                   Gerald Daish
  • Vice Chairman:           Brian Howard
  • Secretary:                   Sarah Anderson
  • Treasurer:                   Gavin jolley 
  • Member:                     Chris Abbott
  • Member:                     Kevin Baldock
  • Member:                     Anthony Ashman 
  • Member:                     Josh Few
  • Member:                     Jamie Eames
  • Member:                     Tim Doe
  • FA Representative:      Sarah Anderson


To Join or For Further Information


Sarah Anderson

Honorary Secretary,

Cambridge & District Referees’ Society
51 Field Terrace Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 0AD

T.  01638 614765

M. 07976 512407

Or Download the Membership Application Form below.





During the football season the society meets on the second Monday of each month.  Themes vary and will include social time and fun as well as ‘problem corner’ type workshops; but the focus of each meeting is normally a training/development session on some aspect of practical refereeing, led by either one of the county’s qualified tutors or an invited guest speaker.  Past topics have included: law changes; body language; assistant referees; pitch inspections; report writing; match control; ‘how to’ scenarios; officiating on cup finals.


Meeting Dates


Meeting dates for season 2016-17, start time 7.00pm:

  •   8 August 2016             Body Language for Referees & Assisants - at Cambs FA HQ, CB24 9PH
  • 12 September 2016       Pre-Match Behaviour - Improving Clubs' Attitudes Towards Match Officials 
  • 10 October 2016           Managing the Technical Area & Non Players
  • 14 November 2016       Review of the Law Changes - e.g. DOGSO 
  • 12 December 2016        Social / TBA 
  •   9 January 2017            Caution or Not 
  • 13 February 2017          Managing Corner Kicks
  • 13 March 2017              Big Game / Cup Finals Approach
  •   5 June 2017                AGM - at Cambs FA HQ, CB24 9PH  - PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE



Unless otherwise stated, meetings are held at the Bottisham Royal British Legion HQ which offers a private meeting room in a central location, complete with bar and function room available if required.


Bottisham British Legion HQ, Downing Close, Bottisham, Cambridge, CB25 9DD


Bottisham British Legion location map



CDRS Notice Board



See Documents below for the Minutes of the last AGM held on 11th May 2015.



In June 2014 we conducted a survey of members and ex-members to find out what referees wanted from their Society.  See in the Documents below for the survey results.


Branded Clothing

You can purchase branded clothing, complete with our new badge, through the CDRS.  See in the Documents below for the Kit Order Form


Percy Oldham Memorial Bowl Award

In past seasons, the Society has made an award to a referee who has made an outstanding contribution to refereeing in Cambridgeshire.  We are resurrecting this award to give all our members something to aspire to.  See Documents below for a list of past winners.


National Referees' Association

See in the Documents below for the full Constitution of the National RA.


Laws of the Game

Download a full copy of the Laws of The Game from the FIFA Website.

Handbook Links

Cambridgeshire referees officiate on a variety of different leagues and competitions, each with different rules and different referees' fees & mileage rates!  Links to the Cambs County and Cambs League Handbooks for 2016-17 will appear here soon, so you can check rules and fees for yourselves.  In the meantime, last season's handbooks may help:

Cambridgeshire FA Handbook (including County Cups)

Cambridgeshire County League Handbook (including Kershaw and Newmarket Motor Company Leagues)

If there are any other handbooks that you need, please contact the appropriate league secretary.



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