Who can become a referee?
Anyone over the age of 14 can become a referee. If you have a passion for the game and a desire to try something new, refereeing is the thing for you! It is never too late to start your journey as a referee.
Many of our successful referees originally started on courses delivered by Dorset FA, read some of their inspiring stories below:
Dorset referee Mike Ballard completed the basic referee course in 2009, he now referees at semi-professional level he is pictured here on the line at last season’s U19 England v Northern Ireland match, Mike still supports his local club and referees in the Youth Leagues.
Dorset referee Jade Wardle completed the basic referee course in 2013, she refereed in the youth leagues but has now begun to push through the promotion system. Jade still returns to local Youth League football to officiate.
Do you want to become the next Mike Ballard or Jade Wardle? Good news! Dorset FA are running a Basic Referees Course in January!
The next scheduled Basic Referees Course for season 2015-2016 is taking place this January on the following dates:
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th January 2016, both days run from 9.00am to 4.00pm
Wednesday 13th January from 6.30 to 9.00pm.
All candidates if required will have to complete the safe guarding children workshop, and to ensure that a current CRC is in place.
This course is specifically aimed at supporting those Dorset Youth League sides who are looking to become DCFA referee partner clubs. However the course is also open for any person seriously looking to become an active referee.
In the first instance candidates should contact Kevin Pike (Referee Development Officer) via telephoning 01202 688270 to ensure that the course is suitable.
Apply quickly as spacing are filling fast!
The closing date is Wednesday 23rd December 2015.