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The following information will explain the FOUR STEPS you need to complete to become a fully qualified referee:


STEP 1

Introduction to Refereeing Evening:
The 'Introduction to Refereeing Evening' is the first step to becoming a referee. Over the two hours you will be guided through the refereeing experience looking at all formats of the game and the opportunities available. If you decide to start your refereeing journey the ‘Referee Course’ (11v11 or 9v9 football) may only be a few weeks away. It is strongly recommend that a parent/carer of all candidates attend this taster session to gain a full understanding of the commitment required to complete the course.

It is a mandatory requirement to have attended an introduction evening before enrolling on a Referee Course.

Crawley
Date: Thursday 14 November 2019
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: Oriel High School, Maidenbower Lane, Crawley, RH10 7XW
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Brighton
Date: Thursday 12 December 2019
Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Venue: Longhill High School, Falmer Road, Rottingdean, Brighton, BN2 7FR
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STEP 2
Prerequisites:

The following prerequisites must be completed before being able to book on to a referee course:

Safeguarding:
- Aged 14, 15 or 16: Please email Referees@SussexFA.com asking for the link to complete the Online Safeguarding Education Course - Free of charge
- Aged 17+: Please book onto a Safeguarding Education Workshop - £25 cost

Criminal Record Check (CRC):
- Aged 14 or 15 - Not required
- Aged 16 and above and only wish to referee adult football - Not Required
- Aged 16 and above and wish to regularly referee youth football - Required - £10 cost
Please email Referees@SussexFA.com requesting the information that is required to complete the CRC.

STEP 3
Referee Course:

After attending the ‘Introduction to Refereeing Evening’ and completing the prerequisites, in terms of safeguarding and criminal records check, you are then eligible to book on to a Referee Course. The booking link for the Referee Course will be provided once all prerequisites have been completed.

Hailsham
Venue: The Bedes School, Upper Dicker, Hailsham, BN27 3QH
Dates:
Sunday 20 October 2019, 9.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday 24 October 2019, 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Sunday 27 October 2019, 9.00am - 5.00pm

Brighton
Venue: Longhill High School, Falmer Road, Rottingdean, Brighton, BN2 7FR
Dates:
Saturday 2 November 2019, 9.00am - 5.00pm 
Wednesday 6 November 2019, 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Saturday 9 November 2019, 9.00am - 5.00pm

Crawley
Venue: Oriel High School,  Maidenbower Lane, Crawley, RH10 7XW
Dates: 
Sunday 12th January 2020, 9.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday 16th January 2020, 7:00pm - 9.30pm 
Sunday 19th January 2020, 9.00am - 5.00pm

Brighton
Venue: Longhill High School, Falmer Road, Rottingdean, Brighton, BN2 7FR
Dates:
Sunday 9 February 2020, 9.00am - 5.00pm 
Thursday 13 February 2020, 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Sunday 16 February 2020, 9.00am - 5.00pm

Please note: All three sessions of the course and Call Back Evening four months later must be attended to complete the course

Course Cost: £135  
This includes all course resources, first year membership to your Local Referee Association and basic referee equipment (whistle, wallet with yellow and red cards, match record pads).

STEP 4
Trainee Referee to Fully Qualified Referee:
After completing the course and passing the practical evaluation, you are now classed as a ‘Trainee Referee’ and have four months to referee your initial matches (at least five) and attend a Call Back Evening, where you will sit your Laws of the Game Examination.

After successful completing your matches and examination, you will be promoted to a ‘Fully Qualified Referee’. Completing your matches and attending the Call Back Evening in the four month post practical course is a mandatory requirement. The aim is to have a Referee Advisor attend one of your initial matches, who is there to support you and aid your development.

Lancing
Date: Thursday 21 November 2019
Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Venue: Sussex County FA HQ, Culver Road, Lancing, BN15 9AX

Horsham
Date: Tuesday 12 December 2019
Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Hollbrook Club, North Heath Lane, Horsham, RH12 5PJ

Brighton
Date: Thursday 9 January 2020
Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm 
Venue: Longhill High School, Falmer Road, Brighton, Rottingdean, BN2 7FR

Eastbourne
Date: Thursday 27 February 2020
Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Venue: Eastbourne Borough FC, Priory Lane, Eastbourne, BN23 7QH

Brighton
Date: Thursday 12 March 2020
Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm 
Venue: Longhill High School, Falmer Road, Brighton, Rottingdean, BN2 7FR

Crawley
Date: Wednesday 27 May 2020
Time: 6.30pm - 10.00pm
Venue: Oriel High School, Maidenbower Lane, Crawley, RH10 7XW

Brighton
Date: Thursday 18 June 2020
Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm 
Venue: Longhill High School, Falmer Road, Brighton, Rottingdean, BN2 7FR

Important Information

Sussex County FA adheres to a strict cancellation policy and by enrolling onto a course you agree to have read and be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

Get In Touch

Phone: 01903 768573
(9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday to Friday)

Email: Referees@SussexFA.com

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