FA Grassroots Referees

Make a difference to the game

Get into refereeing

Reasons to Referee

Thinking of becoming a referee?

  • Refereeing is a great way to get 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 players enjoy their match day experience
Sian Massey-Ellis
First Things First

Introduction Workshop

Take the first steps to becoming a Cambridgeshire FA referee

Initial Training

The FA Basic Referee Course

The course will introduce the learner to The Laws of Association Football and most importantly their application delivered through theory and practical elements, outlining the skills required to operate as a match official in grassroots football.


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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Referee Course FAQs

1. Attend the FREE introductory session (with a parent/guardian if aged 16 or under)

2. Be at least 14 years of age

3. Completed relevant FA Safeguarding Children training

4. Hold a current FA CRC (aged 16 or over)

Note: The above pre-requisites, for those who do not already hold the appropriate evidence, will normally be provided by recognised centres as part of the learning programme

21 hours (including 5 matches a referee)

£130.00 Course Only

This includes:

  • Referee Registration for remainder of the season
  • Referee Association Membership for the first full season
  • 15 Hours Direct Contact Time
  • Course Resources
  • Whistle
  • Notepad & Pencil
  • Red & Yellow Cards
  • Inclusion in County FA HUB's
  • Course Induction Pack
  • Post-Course Pack
  • Laws of the Game Hardcopy
  • Access to HIVE Online Learning Portal
  • FA Safeguarding Training
  • FA CRC Check (if over 16)
  • A certificate on qualification (on succesful completion of the course)
  • FA and Cambs FA Referee Badge (on succesful completion of the course)

The minimum age to book onto and attend a course is 14.

Get In Touch

Sam Anderson

By Phone: 01223 209026

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