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Refereeing Support

Laws of the Game

For all match officials it is vital to constantly stay up-to-date with the 'Laws of the Game' set by the International Football Associations Board (IFAB).

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To officiate in any football match you must be registered with a County Football Association (CFA). Every March, our referee registration window opens to give you plenty of time to get registered before the next playing season.

Re-registering is quick, simple and can be completed by accessing the Whole Game System (WGS).

Referee registration may look a little bit different ahead of the 2020/21 season so full guidance on how to complete you renewal can be found by clicking the below link

WGS Login

Full Referee Registration Guidance


Please visit our dedicated referee safeguarding page where you will find all sorts of hints, tips, instructions and important contacts. 


Academy Game Guidelines

Here at Manchester FA we are in an extremely fortunate position to be surrounded by a number of Professional Football Clubs who request officials for their academies. Throughout the season, you may be offered the opportunity to officiate at one of these academies.  Please click the above link for the Academy Guidelines and emergency withdrawal procedure should you need to withdraw from a game at short notice in an emergency.Please visit our dedicated referee safeguarding page where you will find all sorts of hints, tips, instructions and important contacts.



Manchester FA offers a membership programme, which is different to other CFAs, whereby referees of any level can access learning opportunities, member-only gifts, enhanced insurance for all referee related activity and much more.

On top of this member events are organised many times throughout the year which covers every corner of The FA Learning Model and helps referees of any level to continually learn and progress.

To become a member, get in touch!

Coaching & Mentoring

Our current structure is linked heavily with our development pathway. This ensures that referees within these groups always have access to experienced colleagues with a wealth of knowledge who will be able to guide you along your referee journey.

There is a huge sense of community within refereeing in Greater Manchester and one example of that is our hugely successful coaching and mentoring opportunities. Each individual we train to support others has been a part of that development process themselves and are giving something back in return for their own development.

To speak to somebody at Manchester FA, contact:

Conor Brown
Referee Development Officer

0161 225 1966