referees

  1. The Trials and Tribulations of a Grassroots Football Referee

    The Trials and Tribulations of a Grassroots Football Referee
    The life of a grassroots football referee is very often a thankless one. Amateur match officials get it in the neck from all sides these days — from players, coaches and spectators. So much so, there’s now a dire shortage of referees in England. Nevertheless, thousands of referees perform their duties diligently every weekend, on pitches and playing fields up...
  2. Grassroots Football Referees Face Growing Blackmail Problem

    Grassroots Football Referees Face Growing Blackmail Problem
    Grassroots referees in England have suffered a torrid time in recent years. Rising levels of verbal and physical abuse have led to thousands of FA referees leaving the game for good. And despite the relaunch of the Respect campaign, England’s match officials came perilously close to a nationwide strike last year. A major advertising campaign and a new, zero-tolerance approach...
  3. How to Become an FA Accredited Football Referee

    How to Become an FA Accredited Football Referee
    Being an FA accredited referee is a highly rewarding and enjoyable job; in fact many referees claim it’s the next best thing to actually playing the game. The role of the modern referee is vital in many respects. As well as officiating matches, referees play important roles in their local communities, and work with footballers to improve their discipline and...
  4. How to Become an FA Referee

    How to Become an FA Referee
    Whether you simply want to be involved in the game at grassroots level or you have aspirations to become a professional, there is a clear pathway to becoming an FA referee. Many qualified referees say that officiating is the next best thing to playing, and that it is a great way to serve the local community. If you’re thinking about...

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