Basic Referee Training Course

The Basic Referee Training Course provides the introduction to officiating in football. The course will introduce the learner to The Laws of Association Football and their application delivered through theory and practical elements, outlining the skills required to operate as a match official in grassroots football.

Course Aims and Objectives

To provide learners with an introduction to the principles of officiating, delivering modules of training around the laws, application and practical delivery on the training ground through officiating a minimum of six matches.

Course Content


The course will introduce some key aspects of the following:

  • Introduction to officiating
  • Assessment of knowledge
  • Misconduct report writing
  • Fouls and misconduct
  • Written examination
  • Theory DVD

The course will also provide (as separately organised workshops) the following for candidates:

  • FA CRC (where applicable)
  • Practical Skills and Attributes

Practical Involvement: Candidates will be encouraged to participate practically to maximise their opportunities for learning (however inability to participate will not prevent successful completion of the award).

Course Prerequisites

Prior to certification, candidates are required to:

  • Be at least 14 years of age
  • Have attended The FA Safeguarding Children Workshops (candidates under the age of 18 years are eligible to complete The FA Child Protection Distance Learning Module 'Safeguarding Children in Football - A Guide' as an alternative to this)
  • Hold a current FA CRC (where applicable)

The above prerequisites, for those who do not already hold the appropriate evidence, will normally be provided by recognised centres as part of the learning programme.

Course Duration

18 hours.

Booking Information

To book or for more information about this course please contact Colin Hills, Suffolk FA referee development manager, on 01449 776310 or email

Other Refereeing Courses

Suffolk FA also runs the following refereeing courses:

  • Young Leaders Mini Soccer Match Day Skills
  • Mini Soccer Referee Course
  • Club Referee Course
  • Club Linesman Course
  • Mini Whistler Course

To book click here or for more information about these courses please contact Colin Hills, Suffolk FA referee development manager, on 01449 776310 or email

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