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


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.Register your interest in attending a Introduction to Refereeing Evening


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

- Aged 14, 15 or 16: Please email asking for the link to complete the Online Safeguarding Education Course - Free of charge
- Aged 17+: Please book onto a Safeguarding Education Workshop - £26 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 requesting the information that is required to complete the CRC.


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.

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).


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.

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)


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