Are you interested in training to become a referee?
It doesn't matter whether your ambition is to referee at the highest level, or just fill in on a Sunday morning when your appointed referee is suddenly not available, or help out with your son or daughter's youth them. The Amateur Football Alliance (A.F.A.), the parent county for the Amateur Football Combination, has the course for you.
All A.F.A. referee training courses are staffed by Football Association Licensed Instructors and upon successful completion you will be registered with the A.F.A., or the County F.A. in which you reside, if this should be your choice.
For more information please contact the Amateur Football Alliance.
Referees who wish to try for promotion should contact their Parent County Football Association. If you are unsure of the procedure then please contact the AFC Referees' Secretary for more details.
Increasingly, young and new referees are being advised to find a "mentor", and experienced referee designed to support and guide them in those early matches, and develop a friendship that will hopefully continue into a long-standing support.
The mentor is there to praise a referee's good points, help him or her to identify and improve any areas of weakness and to assist him or her in improving their performance levels as a referee and as an assistant referee.
We would encourage all newly qualified referees to seek a mentor.
For more details on mentoring please contact your County Referee Development Officer.