Referees Courses

Want to become a Dorset Referee? Read about our Basic Referee courses, Mini Soccer courses and opportunities to get involved in the Mini Whistlers programme.

Basic Referee Course

Many people think about becoming involved with Refereeing and then think again and decide not to. With Dorset FA promoting refereeing courses taking place through out the season now would be a good time to offer some advice into refereeing opportunities, and why you should think about it and then say YES.
What kind of referee do you want to be?

I want to referee at the highest level possible, even Wembley:

For those individuals who wish to scale the footballing heights and to Referee at national level or even international level the support mechanism is already in place to guide and support Referees all the way to their ultimate goal.

I want to referee at county level:

Being involved in county football can be both challenging and rewarding and there is now a county wide network of coaches and mentors who are specifically trained to guide and support new Referees as they take their first steps into county football, there are many opportunities refereeing within the county system. You may even want to progress further than you first thought and work your way through onto the Wessex or Western League and Referee county cup finals.

I want to referee at my club:

Possibly the most rewarding aspect of becoming a Referee is to have the opportunity to referee at youth level.
In the past those Referees who have chosen this particular route have not been offered the support they should have expected. However within the last year there has been a dramatic change in the extra training and education opportunities available to all referees within the youth leagues.

However high you would like to climb the refereeing ladder you must start with our basic referees course.

Our next Basic Referees Courses are available to book through the DCFA. If you would like to book a place please contact Kevin Pike directly on 01202 688270 or


The dates and modules of all of the courses can be interchanged to suit the candidate, this can be discussed with the Referee Development Officer.
Cost of course £100 plus cost of CRB check if required. All candidates will be required to complete a safeguarding children workshop prior to completing the course.
These courses are only for those candidates who will referee on Dorset competitions.
All candidates will receive a mentor and be placed in the new DCFA Referees Grass Roots Club, as part of the course.
Before any candidate is placed on the above courses they must contact the Referee Development Officer to ensure that the course is suitable for them.

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Mini Soccer Match Day Skills Awareness Course

This course is recommended for anyone wanting to Referee mini soccer football. It is a three hour workshop, where candidates will be offered the basic principles of officiating in this type of competition.

The Mini Whistlers Programme

This course has been designed for youngsters aged between 12 and 14, and is linked closely to the mini soccer Referee workshop. The course is intended to encourage these young mini whistlers to enjoy their first steps into officiating and then go on to complete the basic referee’s course.

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