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Referees Associations & Societies


Referees Societies are local branches of the Referees Association organised by referees for the benefit of Referees. Local societies operate like a self-help group where you can meet with other referees to discuss different aspects of your game, share experiences and debate issues.

Other benefits of joining the Referees Association include:

  • Membership of a strong national association through your local society
  • Monthly meetings in your locality for social and cultural activities
  • Comradeship and advice on refereeing matters from experienced colleagues
  • Assistance with your development as a referee
  • Representation of your interests at County and National levels with the full support from the RAE should you be the victim of unfortunate circumstances or should you receive unjust treatment
  • Guidance on matters affecting promotion
  • Direct access to the best range of referee kit and equipment in the country
  • Personal accident insurance cover while on refereeing duties
  • Membership of the Benevolent Fund
  • IPRS supervised physiotherapy - for full members
  • Free motor insurance legal cover

You will be welcome at any meeting of your local Society / Branch Association. For details of membership of the RA, or for any information on meetings, please contact your local branch Secretary from the list shown. 

Sussex County Referees’ Association - Officials

President: Tim Lawrence

Chairperson: Robin Machell

Secretary: Richard Smallwood

Treasurer: Colin Fines 

Recruit & Retention: Vacant

Delegate to the Sussex County FA: David Cole, 01825 764755

RA-FA Youth Council Delegate: Emma Smyth

Society meetings:

2nd Monday, September to May, Hangleton Primary School, Dale Close, Brighton, BN3 8LF.

Chairperson: Ash Slaughter, 07958 625977

Secretary: Phil Wilks, 07523 025720

2nd Monday, September to May, Crowborough Social Club, Croft Road, Crowborough @ 8:00pm

Secretary: Matt Miller, 07956 905654

Recruit & Retain: David Cole, 01825 764755

Third Monday, September to May (excluding January), Horsham FC @ 7:30pm 

Chairaman: Tim Lawrence

Secretary: Robin Machell

Recruit & Retain: Kevin Doidge, 01403 255628

3rd Monday, August to May, Venue TBA

Chairman: Jamie Wells

Secretary: Brendon Jones


No you don't. However, considering the benefits you are encouraged to do so.

Yes - this is normally less than one match fee. However, each society charges differently.

No. These are two separate registration processes and only Sussex County FA registration is mandatory to be able to referee.

No, you don't but the guidance and support offered by the RA is invaluable in helping you prepare for promotion.

Get In Touch

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