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Mentoring & Volunteering

Mentoring and supporting referees to aid their retention and development

All referees who attend a referee course to officiate in mini soccer, 9v9 or 11 aside football are offered the opportunity to have a mentor to support them in their first five games.

The mentor fulfills a key role in being able to support young or inexperienced referees during this time to help them gain confidence to complete their referee course and go on to referee regularly.

If you are a current referee or former referee or even someone with an interest in supporting referees we would love to hear from you to become a mentor or other volunteer as a referee developer to help support and nurture our next group of referees.

Once you have confirmed your interest you can attend a referee developer workshop to learn more about the role.

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Become a Referee

Thinking of becoming a referee?

  • 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 enjoy their match day experience
FA Grassroots Referees
Becoming a referee

FA Referee Course

The FA Referees Course is designed for anyone aged 14 and up who wants to join the tens of thousands of referees who operate week in week out on local parks, throughout the English football pyramid, up to those who officiate The FA Cup Final and on the International stage.

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