FA Referee Course

Referee Registration Now Open

We are delighted to confirm that the window to register as a referee for next season is now open via The Whole Game System.


Please see below, some important information, along with some FAQs, which should help you along with the process.


Safeguarding Course

You may or may not be aware, all Referees are now required to have an in-date Safeguarding Qualification. As Referees, you will be able to complete the free online ‘Safeguarding For All’ course, which takes 45min–1hour to complete. This course is accessible 24/7 through FA Education’s Bootroom HERE and upon completion of this course, you will be able to Register to officiate for the 2021/22 season. I would also ask that you complete the post-course survey and saving a copy of your Certificate.

If there are any issues with regards to accessing or completing FA education courses, these must be directed to FA Education directly via the education@thefa.com email address, or via Tel. 0800 085 2012.

Additionally, there Is online self-help guidance via the Safeguarding Help Centre - https://help.thefa.com/support/solutions/7000014798



If you are interested in going for Promotion on the Men's or Women's pathway, please see the information LINK (7-6, 6-5 & 4W-3W Promotions) or LINK (5-4 Promotions). Please read the information carefully and should you wish to apply, please fill out this form –LINK. I will then be in touch with confirmation. Please note that there is a fee of £20 to apply for promotion which will be invoiced on your WGS in due course.



We are in a fortunate position to have a fantastic volunteer workforce who have a vast amount of knowledge around Refereeing. West Riding FA can provide further support through the help of our Referee Coaches & Mentors.

  • Referee Mentors will be provided to Trainee, Youth or Level 7 Referees for support around the basics of Refereeing. This can include how to deal with Players/Managers/Parents/Spectators, how to report incidents or any general enquiries around Refereeing
  • Referee Coaches may be provided to Level 7, 6 and 5 (plus 4W-3W) promotion candidates or Referees wishing to progress. The coaches may go into further details around specific incidents and the technical side of Refereeing.

If you are interested in receiving this support or joining our team, please get in touch.


Mental Health Champions

West Riding FA is delighted to be part of The FA ‘Mental Health Champion’ Scheme. If you need any support around your Mental Health, we can provide this support for you. If you have a mental health problem and would like to have a confidential conversation, then please first make contact with either Gareth Myers (gmrefmhc@gmail.com) or Darius Bradley (dariusbradleyreferee@hotmail.com ) to arrange a suitable time to talk.




How do I register? – Please log in to your Whole Game System Account – Click HERE to access this. Please also find The FA Guidance Notes HERE.

Is there a deadline to register? – No, but you cannot Referee until it has been completed.

I have forgotten my password for my Whole Game System account. What do I do? – You can reset your password HERE.

The Whole Game System will not accept my email address. What do I do? – You can log in using your FAN HERE.

What is the cost to Register? – This year’s fee will remain at £20.

I went for Promotion from 5-4 last season, what will happen with my Promotion Fee and Marks? – Marks will get carried over and your application will continue to next season. There is no promotion fee to pay for Referees who went for 5-4 promotion this season 2020/21 and information around fitness tests/other events will be sent out in due course.

How do I register my child to Referee? – Please see the document HERE with further instructions.

How do I renew my DBS? – Please see information HERE and arrange to verify your documents with either myself or our Safeguarding Officer, Paul Ratcliffe paul.ratcliffe@westridingfa.com 


If you have any other questions or queries, please contact us.