Course Content

Basic referees course is open to all candidates aged 14 and over.

The course consists of 6 units with the following elements;

Unit 1:  Pre-Course Study Programme.

Candidates will be provided with the following learning material and will be asked to complete at least ten hours pre-study work. This will include a copy of the 'Laws of the Game' book and a Pre-Course Study Pack.

Unit 2:  Classroom based session, covering 'Law 12: Fouls and Misconduct'.

Unit 3:   Practical training and evaluation on course learning's thus far.

Unit 4:  Practical training and final evaluation on course learning's thus far.

Unit 5:  Game time.  Candidates have to officiate five 11-a-side or 9-a-side games.  Suitable leagues will be advised (if needed, Referee Mentors will also be provided for additional support)

Unit 6:  'Laws of the Game' exam.

Important - Please note:

In order to complete the basic refereeing course candidates must have completed the 'Safeguarding Children' best practice workshop.  To sign up for the 'Safeguarding Children' workshop please click here.

Candidates aged 14 or 15 at the date of Unit 2 will not need to attend the workshop.  Instead these candidates are required to complete a check sheet after viewing an online 'Safeguarding Children Guide'.  On completion a certificate will be issued which must be presented to the course tutor.

All candidates aged 16 or over at the date of Unit 2 must also apply during the course for a 'Criminal Records Check'.  For more details please click here.

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