Suffolk FA Youth Referees Academy

Suffolk FA Youth Referees' Academy

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The Suffolk FA Youth Referees' Academy operates within the safe and nurturing environment of Ipswich Town FC's Academy structure supported by highly skilled Referee Coaches who provide in-game support.

Referee feedback is tracked and received by each referee to allow for bespoke training and support to be offered to each match official.

By being part of the Youth Referees' Academy, officials experience working as both a Referee and an Assistant Referee in order to give a more rounded development pathway to prepare them thoroughly for future matches.

As part of being an Academy Official, high-standards and expectations are placed on the referees.

This is to ensure that the quality of performance improves consistently throughout their time within the group. Officials are also expected to operate within the confines of Youth Football within Suffolk in matches appointed by Suffolk FA.

Get in Touch

County Support Officer - Ruth Ward

01449 616606 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)



Yes, however the opportunity to join the group is based on being selected by a member of the County FA Referee Developer Team

No, there is no cost to be part of the Youth Referees' Academy

The Academy is specifically designed to support younger officials in the early stages of their career as well as providing the appropriate pathway for them to progress. Those officials who do not officiate in Youth Football but that would like to develop can attend other in-service training or apply for Promotion via the Suffolk FA Promotion Scheme