Referee Respect

Get Into Refereeing

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Thinking of becoming a Referee?

Refereeing is a great way to be involved in football.

There are opportunities for everyone.

Remain active in the game following injury or retirement

Make new and lasting friends within the game

Play a huge role in ensuring the players enjoy their match day experience.

Get In Touch

Kevin Pike (Referee Development)

By Phone: 01202 688270
(8.30am - 4.30pm Monday - Friday)

By Email:

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An ideal starting point for those who want to referee in the Dorset Girls League or the Dorset Youth League. This course gives the candidates the FA Mini Soccer Referee qualification; it also introduces the candidate to what is required to referee 9 v 9 matches. This additional aspect of the courses introduces, offside, free kick restarts and the first steps into safely refereeing 9 v 9 and 11 v 11 football.

For further information contact Kevin Pike (Referee Development Officer) on 01202 688270 or email

Reasons to Referee

More and more and more people of all ages, genders, races and abilities are getting into refereeing. For current and potential officials, refereeing is a great way to:

  • Give something back to the game you love
  • Remain involved in the game after injury or retirement
  • Play a vital role in ensuring players enjoy the game
  • Increase participation in the sport
  • Make new and lasting friends


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Initial Training

The FA Basic Referee Course

If you want to qualify as a football referee you will need to do the basic FA referee training course. The FA basic referee training course provides candidates with an understanding of the 'Laws of the Game' and provides them with the practical skills to be a match official.

The FA Respect


The FA's Respect programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, players and parents from grassroots to elite football - to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.

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