Referee Courses Are Back

71 new referees have been trained so far and are now out officiating grassroots football.

Refereeing is a fantastic way to be involved in football, it is a great way to challenge yourself, to learn life skills and improve your employability, keep yourself fit and healthy and join a great community of other referees.

The FA Referee Course is designed to equip new referees with the key skills and knowledge they will need to be able to referee grassroots football matches safely and effectively.

It is for people aged 14 and over who want to become a referee.

The course blends online learning on the Laws of the Game and face-to-face training practical referee sessions.

We asked two of our newest referees Daniel Manning and Jordan Moorcroft about their Journey in Refereeing so far.

Dan has been playing amateur football for the past 20 years and sustaining a knee injury that would eventually force him into retirement, Dan shared “I felt like I needed to stay involved in amateur football and give something back to what has given me so much enjoyment throughout my life. I had never really thought about refereeing to be honest but having spoken with many other referees the opportunities to progress and improve to higher levels are really exciting. The practical elements of the course are great, when learning you often think of classroom-based learning, but this course was very hands on which personally I find better as a learning mechanism.

Being involved in grassroots football all of my life, particularly in the management side of things over the last few years, had made Jordan Moorcroft wonder about the role of a referee and seeing the impact that officials have on the game. Also, he has several family members who referee and it’s intriguing to see how highly they speak of refereeing and how they love the role. “My main aspirations would be just enjoying it and improving for the first couple of seasons, before looking into promotions and potentially climbing the ladder to becoming a higher level referee. The course was extremely beneficial because it allowed us to firstly focus on theory and the key laws of the game, however, my favourite part of the course was when we then put that theory into practice, through refereeing games, which were overseen by the tutors. This section of the course helped me the most as it afforded us the opportunity to be stopped throughout our learning and given advice and tips on how to improve, for example getting ourselves into better positioning, which immediately changed the way we refereed.”

Natasha Wilson Referee Development Officer at Liverpool County FA “Refereeing is a thoroughly rewarding role, whilst it comes with various challenges there is no greater feeling walking off a game knowing you have delivered a game to the best of your ability. The referee’s course is a perfect way to prepare you to referee grassroots football and set the foundations for those who want to progress through the referee pathway into the professional game as a referee. The courses’ practical nature allows you to develop hands on experience of refereeing before you step out onto the field of play and blow the whistle for the first time.”

To get involved book on a Referees Course using the links below

For more information contact Natasha Wilson – Referee Development Officer -

Links to remaining Courses

Referees Course @ LCFA Sefton

Friday 10th September 2021 18:00 - 21:00
Friday 17th September 2021 18:00 - 21:00
Friday 24th September 2021 18:00 - 21:00
Friday 1st October 2021 18:00 - 21:00


Referees Course @ LCFA Sefton

Wednesday 22nd September 2021 18:00 - 21:00
Saturday 25th September 2021 09:00 - 17:00


Referees Course @ LCFA Sefton

Friday 3rd October 2021 18:00 - 21:00
Saturday 4th October 2021 09:00 - 17:00