Suffolk FA Youth Referees' Academy Sponsored by Globex Freight Management Ltd

The Suffolk FA Youth Referees' Academy, sponsored by Globex Freight Management Ltd, provides a safe environment for new or young officials to develop their refereeing skills under the guidance of referees’ coaches who are some of the top current and former referees in the county.

Referees officiate games between Ipswich Town and other professional clubs' Academies on a Sunday morning at Ipswich Town’s training ground in Playford Road, Ipswich.

Referees will receive feedback from the coaches identifying strengths and areas to develop.  This will often take place during the intervals of the game.  By providing each referee a small point to think about at the end of each period allows them to gradually build their skills through to the end of the game.

Those who demonstrate potential at the Academy will be identified to join the Transition Group and work with a coach who will support your progression into refereeing open age football.

We are delighted to offer the opportunity to visit Ipswich Town on a match day to meet the match officials.  ‘Experience the Big Time' selects a small group of Academy Referees who have demonstrated their commitment both on and off the field with one of the coaches to attend the game. On occasion, the referees receive behind the scenes access.

Joining the Referees' Academy at any point during the season is a simple process. Contact Suffolk FA Youth Referee Appointments Officer Ian Atkins on 01449 776384 or email for more information.

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