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.


A referee is appointed to a football game in order to apply the Laws of the Game so that it is played fairly and safely. A referee must be confident, assertive and fair in order to successfully control the game.

For more information on the responsibilities of a referee, consult the law 5 of the Laws of the Game.

A qualified referee must affiliate with Norfolk FA each season.

Anyone can become a referee with The FA granted that you are at least 14-years-old and a resident of England.

To train as an FA-qualified referee, you need to undertake a basic referees course. To find a course near you and to view what the course entails, click here.

To become a top referee at the Premier League and international level, it takes talent, dedication, experience and fitness.

Referees in the Select Group (those who officiate on the Premier League) all started out on a basic referees course. Over time, they have been successfully promoted through the ranks from grassroots level, through semi-professional level, up to the Football League and beyond.

If you show enough drive, determination, fitness and talent, there is no reason why you couldn’t achieve the top level of refereeing.

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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