Get Into Refereeing

Refereeing is a great way to continue your enjoyment of the game after or even during your playing career. If you are passionate about football then refereeing offers a different challenge and gives you the best seat in the house. It’s also a great way to keep fit, utilise and develop your people skills and pursue a footballing path that allows for an individual training schedule.

You can maintain your current links within the game, forge new friendships and give back to the game in a direct and meaningful way.


People Referee for a wide range of reasons, from wanting to help their kids game on a Saturday morning, to wanting to Referee at a FIFA World Cup. NFF offers two entry level courses for aspiring Referees. You do not have to complete the Club Based Referee Course to enrol in the Level 1 course.

Community – Clubs Level
Club Based Referee (CBR) – Introductory Course
Duration: 4 hours
Aimed at: Parents, Coaches, teachers, students and players
Covers basic understanding laws of the game

Development – Federation Level
Level 1 Referee
Duration: 8 hours
Aimed at: people wanting to become Official Referees
Covers laws of the game, Referee movement and positioning, acting as an Assistant Referee & Player Management

If you are interested in becoming a referee or wish to add to your existing qualifications, please contact Chris Casey