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

For all refereeing enquiries please contact:

Alex James, Referee Development Officer:

Phone: 01202 688281

Mobile: 07908 647054


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Dorset FA Ref club

If you are keen to become involved as a referee, or just want to know what it will be like to make the decisions then the DCFA referee taster sessions and Ref Club is an ideal way to start. This programme allows you to understand what it would be like to become an FA referee before you decide to sign up for the full referee's course.

Who is this suitable for:

Current players from both the Female and Male competitions who may be unsure if this is really something that would suit them.

Under 18’s who actually want to get out and referee on a regular basis.

Underrepresented groups including those with disabilities and people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Clubs who want to really support and grow their referee volunteers.

Find out more in the Referee Club Brochure through the link below.

Referee Club Brochure 

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.

Nationwide 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.