FA Grassroots Referees

Make a difference to the game

Get into refereeing

Reasons to Referee

More and more people of all ages, genders, races and abilities are getting into refereeing. It's a perfect way to develop you love and understanding for the game whilst also giving something back.
  • Maintain your fitness
  • Meet new people in the refereeing community
  • Develop your knowledge of the game
  • Earn money
  • Build your confidence

Initial Training

The FA NEW Referee Course

Find out more about the FA New Referee Course and upcoming dates in Norfolk.


If you are 16 years old or older and wish to referee youth football, you must have a valid and in date DBS. Getting a DBS with Norfolk FA costs £10.00 which is valid for three years. 

Referee kit

At the beginning of each season you must also re-register and this costs £20.

Anyone aged 14 or over can become a referee. There is no upper age limit but candidates need to be able to fully participate in practical sessions. Until you reach the age of 16, you will only be able to referee games involving children at least 1 year younger than yourself.
Yes, you must have completed and passed the Guide to Online Laws of The Game and completed your safeguarding. These course links can be found on the booking page.
We will send all referees a preference form to find out what types of matches you want to officiate and what days are your preference. We can either appoint you to matches or we can help you find a local club to referee for. The appointments are flexible around your availability and you can close dates that you are unavailable for.
Norfolk County FA is keen to support and help referees develop and progress to achieve their full potential and as such, have a structured progression pathway for referees. The full criteria can be found on the Referee Promotion page of the website under Development.

Get In Touch

By Phone: 01603 704050 (opt. 1, 1, 3)
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

By Email: Harvey.Newstead@NorfolkFA.com


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