FA Grassroots Referees

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Get into refereeing in Greater Manchester.

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Reasons to Referee...

More and more and more people of all ages, genders, races and abilities are getting into their refereeing journey.

  • Develop vital skills (teamwork, fitness and communication).
  • Stay involved in football beyond playing.
  • Understand the game on a different level.
  • Potential for a professional career with incredible opportunities along the way. 
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Manchester FA Referee, Paul Bentley running down the line at Ewen Fields.
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The FA Referee Course

Looking for a new challenge within football? Refereeing is a fantastic way to be involved in the beautiful game.

There has never been a better time to take the Referee Course.

This is the first step in your career with Manchester FA as all referees begin here, but more importantly where could you end up?

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You will be required to enter your FA Number (FAN) and password to book onto a course or create a FAN and password to book onto one if you don’t have this already. You can create a FAN on the registration page.

A new FAN for your son/daughter will need to be created for their booking as this will track their progress throughout their career.

The minimum age to book onto and attend a referee course is 14. There is no maximum age.
The course fee is £170.00 per candidate. All bookings are made through a secure online portal and confirmations of bookings are generated once payment is made. Courses tend to fill up quickly and are booked on a first come, first served basis. 

This also includes our exclusive Referee Membership which is worth £35 and gives you access to extra benefits, whether that is guidance and support or offers and discounts, Manchester FA is committed to providing high-quality member benefits.

Candidates who book onto a referee course are required to read up on the official Laws of the Game before attending so that they are aware of the terminology and understanding of law to assist them through the practical course.

All referee candidates are required to complete an FA Safeguarding certification and anyone aged 16+ and officiating in youth football will need to have a valid FA CRC certificate in place to be registered to any matches upon successfully qualifying as a Manchester FA Referee.

To speak to somebody at Manchester FA, contact:

Conor Brown
Referee Development Officer

0161 225 1966

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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