FA Grassroots Referees

Make a difference to the game

Get into refereeing


Click the link below to view refereeing courses run by London FA

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Reasons to Referee


  • Easy way to earn money. 
  • Great way to meet new people.
  • Helps you remain involved in the game.
  • Improves fitness. 
  • Good for developing social skills.
  • Improving confidence.
  • Access to a FAN, enabling you to buy England tickets and more.
  • Promotional offers for kit and equipment.
  • Chance to gain FA qualifications.
  • Opportunity to be promoted to higher refereeing levels and officiate at the upper echelons of the game.
  • Contacts with professional clubs including Arsenal and Charlton.


For Sarah
Sian Massey-Ellis

14 years old is the minimum age you must be to qualify as a referee.

£165.00, but this includes a 'Laws of the Game' booklet, a 'Learn the Laws' CD-ROM, a pre-course study book, venue hire, tutor costs, essential referee equipment including: red and yellow cards, a match day wallet, whistle and lanyard and safeguarding children awareness training.

If you are 16 years old or older you must have a valid and in date Criminal Record Check (CRC).

Getting a CRC with the London FA costs £10.00 which is valid for three years. At the beginning of each season you must also re-register and this costs £20, providing it is done before 31st July, or £30 thereafter.

Get In Touch

Nicholas Wright,

Workforce Development Officer

By Phone: 0207 610 8360
(10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday)

By Email: refereeing@londonfa.com

Contact Nicholas

Initial Training

The FA Basic Referee Course

The Basic Refereeing Course provides you with all the tools to begin your refereeing career. Comprising of six units to cover both theoretical and practical aspects of refereeing, this is perfect for those aspiring to an officiating career.


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.