Referee Registrations

THE online registration for referees for the 2016-17 season is now open! All referees who wish to officiate football in Suffolk will be required to register online through the Whole Game System (WGS).

To complete your referee registration, you will require your FAN number and password, a credit or debit card for your £20 registration fee and your CRC number, if applicable. 

The FA have produced a step-by-step guide to assist with your online referee registration.  You can access the Whole Game System to register for the 2016/17 season via


Safeguarding Children and Criminal Records Check (CRC)

 If you are aged 16 and over and intend to officiate Youth football, you will need to have an in-date FA accepted CRC. This includes under-18 football. 

Suffolk FA Referee Development Officer Mary Harmer said: “It is best practice for all referees to have a CRC and all our referees who join our workforce will require a CRC.

“In the event that you do not currently have an FA accepted CRC, or your current CRC is more than three years old and you indicate during your registration that it is your intention to officiate in Youth football during the 2016/17 season, you will be unable to complete the registration process. 

“The CRC application guide can be found below where you will be able to begin your CRC process. We have arranged a number of dates listed below where you will be able to drop into Suffolk FA to assist with the registration process on a one-to-one basis. This will also be an opportunity to arrange to have your documents verified.”


FAN and password retrieval

You will require your FAN Number to complete your online registration.  You can retrieve your FAN number here

If you have forgotten your password, you can re-set your password here

To assist referees who aren’t yet using WGS through the registration process Suffolk FA will be providing various drop-in sessions at our offices in Stowmarket throughout the day that you are welcome to attend.

These sessions will provide a great opportunity for you to receive one-to-one support of how to use the online Whole Game System.

If you would like to drop-in to the Suffolk FA offices to receive additional support, please contact Suffolk FA on 01449 616606 in advance to arrange a suitable time for you to attend.