Referees

Welcome to London FA's Refereeing Department

Referees play an important role in grassroots football across the Capital.

That's why here at the London FA we are dedicated to producing, supporting and enabling a small army of highly motivated and immensely talented, FA qualified referees! London FA supports the work of around 1,600 affiliated match officials all living within the capital and all of whom are dedicated to the grassroots game as much as they are to their own personal development.

Our referees are recruited, trained and examined to enable a smooth grassroots operation. As they gain experience further opportunities are provided to aid their development and progression. Appointments are made to adult and youth County Cup ties, together with games in certain FA competitions.

This work is co-ordinated by the Association’s Workforce Development Officer, Hugh Gilroy, who leads teams of volunteers working as tutors, examiners, mentors, coaches and observers, etc. As a result, the London FA’s strategy and tactics have seen a steady increase in the number of match officials over recent years, with an overall increase of 60% since 2002.

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

Development & Courses

Find out all about our Referee Course, which is composed of 6 units to cover all areas of the refereeing game, as well as our range of other courses aimed at developing referees across London.

For more information contact our Workforce Development Officer Hugh Gilroy at Hugh.Gilroy@LondonFA.com or call 0207 610 8360. 

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Refereeing Support

Our referees are recruited, trained and examined to enable a smooth grassroots operation.  As they gain experience further opportunities are provided to aid their development and progression.  Appointments are made to adult and youth County Cup ties, together with games in certain FA competitions.