Anyone can become a referee with The FA granted that you are at least 14-years-old and a resident of England.
The first stage on your referee ‘journey’ is to train as a mini soccer referee. This one day and one evening course costs £85 and prepares candidates to referee the younger age groups playing the 5v5 and 7v7 formats of the game.
Mini Soccer referees who have an interest in progressing further into the 9v9 or 11v11 formats of the game can then become eligible to do so via a further one day and evening conversion course, costing £50.
This course will prepare you to referee the older age groups in youth football and to move into refereeing adult football.
After completion of the conversion course you will then be allocated a league to referee 6 games in your local area. These will take place on 6 consecutive Sundays and must be adhered to. Candidates will be required to forego any other footballing commitments to referee on these dates.
After completing all of the elements above new referees will attend a final assessment module, upon completion of this you will become a fully qualified, certified and registered Junior County Referee at level 7 or 8.
If you are over 18 and are prepared to start refereeing in adult football, you can go straight onto an 11-a-side referee training course.
This is a 2 day, 3 evening course costing £135 and will be practically based to prepare you to referee in adult 11v11 football. After completion of the course you will then be allocated an adult league to referee 6 games in your local area.
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