So you want to be a Referee

So if your dream is to Referee in the FIFA World Cup Final or to Referee on the manicured pitches of Shalford Park on a cold and frosty morning then you have to start somewhere.


Take a look at the Quiz questions and see how many you get right. Even if you don't do so well then still book yourself on a Referee's course


From the Surrey FA Website:


Details of Surrey County FA referee courses are shown below. Awarded by The Football Association, this course involves a minimum of 16 hours of tutorial, plus 6 officiated games at 9v9 or 11v11 level which are part of the course. This provides an introduction to the Laws of the Game as well as developing the practical skills required to be a referee. The course booking form can be found at the bottom of this page.

Places on the courses will be allocated to those with a Surrey address first.
Out of County applicants will be allocated a place if space is available.

Epsom - start date 10 August - exam date 17 August

Safeguarding Workshop for this course is on 7 August in Leatherhead

Course Information

Minimum Age: 14 Years

Course Duration: 16 Hours (plus officiating 6 matches to fully qualify)

Price: Online Booking £130 Per Candidate (plus FA CRB if required)

Frequency: Approximately 15 Courses run across the County across the year

Pre-requisites: None

Who is this course for?

The Basic Refereeing Course is ideally suited to you if you are interested in becoming a referee in the 11 v 11 game both in youth and adult football. You should also consider this course if you currently coach or volunteer and have an interest in refereeing games within your club or league. This course can be viewed as the first, crucial step to you developing as a referee before progressing through the various levels of refereeing. 

What can I expect from the course?

During your time on this course, a total of 5 separate modules will be covered. This will be a combination of classroom and practical based elements which include putting your refereeing knowledge and training into practice by completing 6 matches as a trainee referee. Details of the 5 modules covered on the course are;


Module 1 – Introduction

Laws of the game

The role of the referee

Skills to control a game of football


Module 2 – Practical

Positioning & movement (set piece & open play)

Managing game situations

Signals & Communication techniques

The FA Safeguarding workshop

The FA RESPECT programme


Module 3 – Examination

Multiple choice questions/exam (classroom)


Module 4 – Refereeing

6 games to establish knowledge & practicalities


Module 5 – Next Steps

In-Service Training Event

Presentation of Certificates

Having completed the course successfully, you will qualify as an FA Registered Referee and receive a personalised FA Certificate. 


How do I find out when the next available course is on?

You can find a list of Basic Refereeing Courses below however new course dates can often be announced and occasionally existing course dates/venues are subject to change.


I’ve found the course I want – how do I enrol?

Please complete the course booking form which can be found at the bottom of this page. For more information please contact Tim Lawrence on 01372 387094 or by email on