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.

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

Guidance on dealing with discrimination

We all want football to be as welcoming as possible. Everyone at every level of the game should have an enjoyable experience participating in our national sport. Referees play a vital role in this work, partly by sanctioning any discriminatory words and/or actions. But what exactly is discrimination, what actions should you take and where does your responsibility begin and end? 

This guide aims to answer these questions – and more. It also provides advice on how to manage situations when discrimination sadly occurs.

Referee guidance
Purple Shirt
West Riding fa

Purple shirt campaign

Referees under-18 will wear purple shirts from the 2019/20 season to highlight their age.

inspirational refereeing stories


Check out some inspirational refereeing stories from individuals in West Riding.

Martin Atkisnon