Thank you for visiting the home of refereeing in merseyside.

Within this section, you will find all the information you need to either support you in becoming a referee, or help you along your existing refereeing journey.

Merseyside has around 800 referees and we value and recognise the important role they play in both grassroots and professional football. With around 1,000 grassroots football matches played across the County FA area alone each weekend, we aim to maintain a strong and reliable workforce of match officials.

Our referee department prides itself on its successful recruitment of match officials, leading to an increased coverage of games year on year. Furthermore, the quality of our training and development programmes not only benefits local football by increasing the standard of referees, but also gives our referees the foundations to develop themselves and pursue a career in refereeing.

Our office is open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.45pm, so please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Get in Touch

David Horlick

Referee Development Manager

(T) 0151 523 4488 (102)


Guidance for Referees

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.

Covid-19 guidance on re-starting competitive grassroots football – For Referees

Referee Specific Guidance on Returning to National League System Football

Summary of Covid-19 guidance on re-starting competitive grassroots football – For Referees

get into refereeing

Find out more about how to take your first steps in refereeing.

- Refereeing is a great way to be involved in football

- There are opportunities for everyone

- Remain active in the game following injury or retirement

- Make new and lasting friends within the game

Development and Courses

Liverpool County FA wants to help all referees reach their full potential.

If you're just getting into refereeing, the FA Basic Referee Course is perfect for you.

If you're a newly qualified referee, you can apply to join our Referee Academy, whilst the more experienced officials can put themselves to the test in The FA Referee Promotion Scheme.

A helping Hand

RefereeingĀ Support

From the moment an aspiring official books a place on the FA Basic Referee Course to the moment a referee retires from the game, we work to provide the best support to match officials.