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The FA Referees Course

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.

Course Overview

Minimum Age: 14

Course Duration: Complete the online pre-requisites, then attend a 11 hours of face-to-face training, then complete five games.

Price:
£130

Leading To: Registered Referee Status as a Level Trainee

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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.

Pre-Requisites

All learners on all Referees Course must have completed the Course Pre-Requisites.

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

FA Safeguarding For All - https://thebootroom.thefa.com/learning/qualifications/safeguarding-courses

If the learner is over the age of 16 they will also need a DBS Check guidance for this can be obtained by contacting Nigel Saverton – nigel.saverton@oxfordshirefa.com

Failure to complete the pre-requisites will delay you starting refereeing and getting games to referee.

Course dates

See below for courses available in the coming months.

Basic Referees Course

For those wanting to become a referee involved in the 11-a-side game both in Youth and Adult football.

Main Tutoring Day 1 - Thursday 29th September 2022 - 6:30-9:30pm

Main Tutoring Day 2 - Saturday 1st October 2022 - 9:15am-5pm

Both days are held at The Oxford Academy, OX4 6JZ

Email Referees@OxfordshireFA.com for full details and to book your place.

Important Information

We adhere to a strict cancellation policy and by enrolling onto our course you agree to have read and agree to be bound by our Terms and Conditions. Please email nigel.saverton@oxfordshirefa.com for a copy.

Get In Touch

Nigel Saverton

Education, Safeguarding & Referee Support Manager

(T) 01993 778586 

(E) referees@oxfordshirefa.com