Get into Refereeing with Oxfordshire FA

Get Into Refereeing

Make a difference to the game in Oxfordshire

Reasons to Referee

Think you can lead from the front and make the tough decisions?

If you're thinking about taking up the whistle, remember, refereeing is a great way to:

  • Refereeing is a great way to be 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 the players, and supporters, enjoy their match day experience
For referees for all
Sian Massey-Ellis
Initial Training

The FA Referee Course

If you want to qualify as a football referee you will need to do the basic FA referee training course.

The FA basic referee training course provides candidates with an understanding of the ‘Laws of the Game’ and provides them with the practical skills to be a match official. Once you've passed the course and registered as a referee with Oxfordshire FA you will have a qualification recognised throughout England.


Whether you're 14 or 114, male or female there's an opportunity for you to become a referee.
Nope. All you need is a positive attitude, a willingness to be involved and a commitment to learning a new skill.
Apart from the initial training course to become a referee, which is 20 hours, it is up to you how many games and how often choose to referee - there is no minimum commitment.
The current cost of a New Referee Course with Oxfordshire FA is £140 - this includes all your training and resource materials, as well as some basic equipment, such as a whistle, etc.

For those aged 14-19 it is possible a bursary scheme may help with the cost of the course. For more information, please click here.


Get In Touch

By Phone: 01295 407553

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Continued learning

ofa referees academy

We're committed to the development of new referees and our Referee Academy is just one of the ways we try to achieve this.

The Academy operates in conjunction with the Oxford United FC (OUFC) Centre of Excellence (CoE) which plays games in the Under 9 to Under 15 age groups every Sunday throughout the season at the Oxford Community School in Cowley.

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.