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Ever tried playing a game of football without a referee?
It's difficult, right...?

Thinking of becoming a referee? Or are you a qualified referee looking for information on development opportunities and support? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

This section of our website is dedicated to providing you with useful information on refereeing. Please feel free to navigate your way around the refereeing section of our website.

Purple Shirt
West Riding fa

Purple shirt campaign

Referees under-18 will wear purple from 2019/20 season.

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Become a Referee

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
FA Grassroots Referees

Development & Courses

There are several steps to becoming an FA qualified referee, which includes a workshop, followed by a full FA Licensed course.


For more information please feel free to get in contact with our Referee Development Officers James Bell & Mark Haywood - Email us


A helping Hand

Refereeing Support

Our referees are recruited, trained and examined to enable a smooth grassroots operation.  As they gain experience further opportunities are provided to aid their development and progression.  Appointments are made to adult and youth County Cup ties, together with games in certain FA competitions.
discount refs' kit


Discounted Refs' kit through our partners Discount Football Kits. Use code 'DISCREFWRFA' for a further 30% off.