How to become a football referee
You can get into this job by training with a professional body.
You can become a referee through a structured training programme run by the Football Association (FA).
To start, you'll need to register with your local County Football Association and complete a Basic Referee's Course.
The course is a mix of online and face-to-face training. You must complete the online learning and do safeguarding training before you complete the face-to-face module.
The online learning covers the laws of football, including:
- pre-match responsibilities
- signals and communication
- how to manage common issues
- the offside rule
- managing game restarts and set pieces
You'll also need to complete 11 hours of face-to-face training that includes classroom-based learning and practical activity on the pitch.
To qualify, you must then referee at least five 11-a-side games and be assessed by a referee mentor.
You would usually start to referee at youth football level then progress as your experience grows. You can do further training with the FA to help you move on to referee at higher levels in both the men's and women's game.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the The Referees' Association for support and professional development.
You can find out more about becoming a referee from The Football Association.