Referee training

Referee Mentor Scheme Launching in March

Liverpool County FA’s revised Referee Mentor Scheme aims to ensure that all referees coming off the back of the FA Basic Referee Course are supported in the best possible way, in conjunction with the Referees’ Association and Referee Societies, alongside clubs across the county.

We want to ensure that all new referees get the best possible start to their careers, by having a mentor to work alongside them in their first three months as part of the scheme.

The revised Referee Mentor Scheme will split the County FA catchment into five areas:

- Liverpool North
- Liverpool South
- Sefton
- St Helens and Knowsley
- Warrington and Halton

Each area will have a Mentor Co-ordinator, who will allocate referee mentors in their respective area.


Mentors will play an integral part of new referees’ development. Liverpool County FA expects our mentors to be available at least once a month – on either a Saturday or Sunday. For each game, a short mentor report will be completed and submitted to the referees’ department at Liverpool FA. 

FA Mentors will require an in-date Criminal Records Check.

A mentor training session will be held at Liverpool FA’s Walton Hall Park on Thursday 5 April, commencing at 6.30pm.


Mentor Co-ordinators will be responsible for assigning mentors to referees – and ensuring that each referee has regular contact and visits to games during their first three months as a referee. We require FIVE Mentor Co-ordinators to cover the areas listed above. Mentor Co-ordinators will be required to attend a ‘Call Back / Next Steps’ event after each Basic Referees Course held by Liverpool FA. This will give new referees the opportunity to meet their Mentor Co-ordinator and exchange details to aid the referee starting out on their new pathway.

To apply to become a Liverpool County FA Referee Mentor or Mentor Co-ordinator, please email Dave Horlick, Referee Development Manager, via with the answer to a simple question – ‘Why do you want to become a Liverpool County FA Referee Mentor or Mentor Co-ordinator?’

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