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COVID-19 Return to Football - Referee GuIDANCE
With grassroots football returning following the relaxing of measures during COVID-19, referees can download The FA's guidance documents below to ensure a safe return to the game.
As of the 2019/20 season, temporary dismissals - otherwise known as 'sin bins' will be utilised within all levels of grassroots football from Step 7 and below.
Make sure you're aware of how sin bins work and the way they're utilised within matches.
As long as you are a registered referee, you can referee anywhere in England.
It entirely depends on what step you currently officiate at.
Temporary Dismissals have been brought in at 'STEP 5 and below', this includes adults and youth grassroot football.
£140. The price includes all essential referee equipment that you need to start officiating at the end of your course.
Referees are considered to be 'self-employed'. As such it is the responsibility of the individual to ensure they are compliant with HMRC.
Referee societies are a fantastic way to stay in touch with other referees in your area and develop your skills. In London there are a range of societies operating and we encourage referees to join one as soon as they begin officiating. Membership of a local referees' society will include membership of The Referees' Association, the national body representing the interests of referees.
14 years old is the minimum age you must be to qualify as a Referee.
Every season thousands of Referees up and down the country leave home and start their time at university. So whether you're moving out of the county, or moving in, we want to make sure you're able to continue refereeing whilst you study for your future career.
Moving to London? There are plenty of opportunities available to referees moving to study here in London. However, in order to take advantage of these we will need to affiliate you with London FA. Once you have confirmed your move, contact us and we will talk you through the affiliation process (it's really simple).
Leaving London? If you're leaving London to study elsewhere in the country, you will need to affiliate with your new County FA. However, if you are planning to come home regularly, you can still affiliate with London FA and be an associate member of the new county you have move to.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
The FA National Referee Strategy (NRS) sets out the organisational blueprint of the key principles, frameworks and structures for referee recruitment, retention and development. The NRS demonstrates The FA's commitment to maximising the opportunities for inclusion, participation and development at all levels of the refereeing pyramid across a range of roles in refereeing.