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Referee Re-Registration

Referee Re-Registration is now OPEN for the 2019/2020 season.

Register as a referee with Cambridgeshire FA for the 2019/2020 season

Referees must re-register with their Parent FA annually in order to remain as a qualified referee. The Registration period runs from the 1st June to 31st May each year

In order to register for the 2019/2020 season, all officials must do so via the "Whole Game System" ('WGS'). Through WGS you can update your personal details and manage your record as a referee. Among other things, you can renew your referees registration, pay the registration fee, join the Cambridge & District Referees Society as well as purchase additional items, such as the Laws of the Game and a County FA badge.

In order to register online for the new season, you must have:

  • Registered within the last two seasons (2017/2018 and/or 2018/2019)
  • Completed the necessary Safeguarding Children requirements
  • Have a debit/credit card

You can access WGS using your FAN and password. For Referee Registration, once you have logged in, on the first page click on the 'Referee Administration' tab then select 'Start Referee Re-Registration for the 2019 - 2020 season', Accept the pop up message which informs you about CRC checks and follow the inistructions from there.

Access WGS


The document below is a comprehensive guide published by Cambridgeshire FA, showing you how to register. The guide also gives information on the Personal Accident Insurance which is an optional extra.

 If you run into any problems, during your registration you can contact Sam Anderson on or 01223 209 026.

 Referee re-registration guide

Referee registration faqS

The FA sets the annual registration fee for all referees. It is currently £20.

Most probably you have turned sixteen during the twelve months since you last registered. Please contact your RDO who will advise you of the next step. 

Only referees who are over the age of 16 (on the date of registration) and who intend to officiate in youth football (i.e. under 18) need to have an in-date FA accepted CRC. In the event that you do not possess an FA accepted CRC, or your current CRC is more than three years old and you indicate during the registration process that it is your intention to officiate in youth football during season 2019/20, you will be unable to complete the registration process and will need to contact your RDO who will provide assistance and advice. 

This information is used by The FA for monitoring purposes only.

If you intend to officiate in youth football during season 2019/20 you will need to have an in-date CRC at the time of registration. Should you have any doubt as to the status of your CRC it is advisable to contact your RDO prior to commencing the registration process. You will also need a valid credit or debit card to pay your registration fee and any other associated purchases.

If you do not register, you will not be able to be appointed to matches by any competition affiliated to the FA or the County FA. You would not be covered by the County’s Public Liability Insurance and there would be no chance of receiving County Cup Final or Representative Match appointments.

There would also be no opportunity for promotion, no communications from your County FA (newsletters and invitations to training and other events), you would not receive any information on updates/amendments to the Laws of the Game annually and you would not receive a County handbook. Your details will not appear in the County handbook.

After two years of being unregistered, you would have to take the exams again if you wanted to re-register and after five years you would have to take the whole course again.

As an unregistered referee, you would only be able to referee as a 'club referee' and be appointed to games by a home club if no registered referee is appointed by a competition. Naturally, this would limit where you could referee and the level of game you would be offered.

Referee Registartion opens every season on the 1st June through the Whole Game System.

Referee's will receive an email from the County FA advising when this has been opened and how to progress with registering. 

There are a number of reasons why you may not be able to register through Whole Game. Should you have any active suspensions in place, not registered for the past two seasons, not be CRC compliant (see below) or be registering for the first time, you will need to be registered manually by your RDO. Should you need any assistance please contact your County FA. 

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