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The FA Referees Course

COURSE DETAILS

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 referee mini soccer, 9 v 9 and/or 11 v 11 football.  

The course comprises online learning on the Laws of the Game and face to face training. You must complete the online learning before attending the face to face training. You will also need to complete online safeguarding training before attending the face to face training.

Course Content 

Online Learning

The online learning has five sections (modules) and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. There are lots of videos to demonstrate how the Laws should be applied, activities to help reinforce the important points and, at the end of each module, there are some questions to test what you’ve learned.  

The online learning can be accessed at https://falearning.thefa.com/course/view.php?id=1804  

If you are under the age of 16, you might find the information at the refereeing help centre useful when logging in.

Course Overview

Minimum Age: 14

Course Duration: Pre-requisites, minimum of 11 hours face to face delivery and 6 games

Price:
£130

Leading To: Registered Referee Status (either level 8 Youth Referee or Level 7 Junior County Referee)

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This module covers the referee’s pre-match responsibilities and includes ensuring players’ kit is safe, how to carry out the coin toss and what a referee needs to take to a match with them.

This module contains short video clips (GIFs) which show every signal the referee and assistant referee might give during a match.
This module deals with foul challenges, violent conduct, handball, unsporting behaviour, DOGSO offences and advantage. It uses video clips from football at different levels to show how the referee should manage common scenarios.
This module also uses video clips, this time to demonstrate what is and isn’t offside and how the referee should manage offside offences. The clips, like those used in the ‘Getting it Right’ module, are voiced over to explain the decisions the referees make.

This module covers restarts and set-pieces, including goal kicks, corner kicks, throw-ins, free kicks and penalty kicks. It uses both video and illustrations to clarify what players must do at each restart and set-piece and explains what the referee should do if players don’t comply with the Law.

Face to Face Training

There is 11 hours of face to face training (normally one evening, followed by a full day), which mixes training room work with practical activity on a pitch. Key messages from the online learning are reinforced throughout.  The training room work includes:

• Fun, interactive quizzes
• How to establish rapport and build relationships with players and coaches
• Recognising and dealing with foul challenges and handball
• Managing offside
• Dealing with inappropriate behaviour 
• Managing players 

On the pitch, you will have the opportunity to turn your knowledge into skills through refereeing game based scenarios. You will practise:

• Communicating decisions
• Cautioning and sending off techniques
• Managing the kick off, free kicks, penalty kicks, corner kicks and throw-ins 
• Positioning in open play and at restarts
• Being an assistant referee

Qualifying as a Referee

To qualify as a referee, you must also referee five games after you have attended the face to face training. You will then receive a certificate and an FA Referee badge.

You be supported through those five games by your County Football Association (CFA). As you continue your refereeing career, you will then be able to access further training opportunities, both online and face to face.

Pre-Requisites

All learners on all Referees Course must have completed the Course Pre-Requisites.

Online Learning - https://falearning.thefa.com/course/view.php?id=1804

FA Safeguarding For All - https://thebootroom.thefa.com/learning/qualifications/safeguarding-courses

If the learner is over the age of 16 they will also need a DBS Check guidance for this can be obtained by contacting Referee Development Officer – Natasha Wilson – Natasha.Wilson@LiverpoolFA.com

Failure to complete the pre-requisites will delay you starting refereeing and getting games to referee.

All bookings are in line with the LCFA Terms and Conditions that can be found here

Available Dates

Referees Course @ LCFA Sefton

Wednesday 11th August 2021 18:00 - 21:00
Saturday 14th August 2021 09:00 - 17:00

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Referees Course @ LCFA Sefton

Tuesday 17th August 2021 09:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 18th August 2021 09:00 - 15:00

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Referees Course @ JMO Sports Park

Saturday 21st August 2021 09:00 - 15:00
Sunday 22nd August 2021 09:00 - 15:00

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Referees Course @ JMO Sports Park

Saturday 28th August 2021 09:00 - 15:00
Sunday 29th August 2021 09:00 - 15:00

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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

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Referees Course @ LCFA Sefton

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

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Referees Course @ LCFA Sefton

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

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Important Information

We adhere to a strict cancellation policy and by enrolling onto our course you agree to have read and agree to be bound by our Terms and Conditions.

Candidates on all Courses that run between the 19th July and 16th August (inclusive) are to adhere to a number of guidelines introduced by the FA in relation to coronavirus, including;

  • Complete a self-screening questionnaire for each day of the course.
  • Complete a Lateral Flow test within 24 hours prior to each day of the course.
  • Wear a face covering for the duration of the course (unless exempt)
  • Social Distance throughout the course.

Guidance for courses following the 16th August will be circulated to the relevant learners once this has been received from the FA.

Get In Touch

Natasha Wilson

Referee Development Officer

(T) 0151 523 4488 (102)
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

(E) Natasha.Wilson@LiverpoolFA.com