referee support

Refereeing Support


As we return to football, it is very important that all of our Match Officials familiarise themselves with the Guidance that has been published by The FA, so please do take the time to read and understand the requirements. We have also created a short video that provides a summary of the key requirements - Return to football guidance video for match officials

Referee Bulletin

referees bulletin

On the first Wednesday of the month we publish a bulletin detailing all the latest refereeing updates. To read the latest bulletin, simply click on the relevant link below.

Previous Issues: Sept 2020
 Oct 2020
Current Issue: May 2021

Mental Health Guidance For Referees

Norfolk FA takes the Mental Health and well-being of our Referees very seriously. Clearly, as in our everyday lives, we have a role to play in looking after and improving our own mental health. Refereeing brings this into sharp focus, as you and your assistants are the ‘third team’ on the field – and sadly often at the receiving end of intense scrutiny and/or abuse. Both can understandably be unnerving.

But one of the elements of your role in football is already a bedrock of mental health: physical health. We know that keeping fit and healthy has a direct effect on mental health, and refereeing is a great way of keeping active as well as staying in football long after you playing days are over.  

Staying in football is in itself a benefit because of the friends you make and the camaraderie you build up. However, several other categories of people play a support role in relation to referees. If they have a concern about a referee’s mental health, the documents below are intended to help them.


Whilst Referee assaults are extremely rare, unfortunately they do sometimes happen. Should you be subjected to an assault whilst officiating a match, we have a support policy in place to provide you with the care and assistance that you need. Full details of the policy can be found in the document below.


At the 2019 Referee CPD events we asked our Match Officials to write down any advice that they would give to new referees at the start of their officiating adventure. We received an enormous amount of helpful information and the most common themes have been pulled together and published in the document below, which hopefully you will find useful! 

Protocol for dealing with discriminatory abuse

The FA have published a protocol to provide guidance to Match Officials and Clubs as to what actions should be taken when there is an incident of discriminatory abuse by Spectators at a Grassroots game. It is therefore important that all Match Officials familiarise themselves with the protocol so that they know how to act in the unfortunate event of being involved in a match where such abuse occurs.

Please note that whilst the protocol is aimed at incidents of discriminatory abuse by Spectators, as a Match Official you must always report all incidents brought to your attention to the relevant County FA as an extraordinary incident even if you did not hear the abuse yourself.

Referee Shop

As a Norfolk FA match official, you are able to purchase a number of additional items through us as well as Referee kit through our partners, Discount Football Kits. 
  • Norfolk FA County Ties (priced at £10.00)
  • Norfolk FA Referee Badge (priced at £6.00)
You can purchase Nike Referees’ kit and many accessories through our partners Discount Football Kits by clicking on the link below.

Referee Appointments

safeguarding for referees

Norfolk FA takes the safety and well-being of our young Referees very seriously. Whilst the vast majority of football is played in safe and friendly environments where everyone can enjoy taking part, there may be occasions where you would like additional help and support. If you witness anything that concerns you, have any safeguarding issue regarding yourself, or if you just wish to speak to us, the document at the bottom of this page provides full details of who to contact as well as other useful information.
The FA Respect


The FA's Respect programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, players and parents from grassroots to elite football - to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.