Introduction to Refereeing

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.

Cumberland FA recognises the vitally important role the referee plays in the grassroots game. From local park football on a Sunday morning to the FA Cup Final, football needs referees. Over the last few years, Cumberland FA has focused on  different ways to encourage and support the recruitment of new Referee’s into the grassroots game to join those already dedicated and more experienced referees who officiate games week in week out. This was to ensure that there would be a sufficient number of fully trained and qualified referees to officiate matches.  

For further information on the Referees Academy please choose the appropriate box from the drop down menu.

Anyone over the age of 14 can become a referee. The game doesn’t just need young referees, some players who are in the twilight of their football years have also enrolled on one of our referee qualification courses to continue their involvement in the game….it’s never too late to get into refereeing and what a great way to stay fit!

Irrespective of your age or ability and experience at playing football, if you have a passion for the game and can successfully complete the Basic Refereeing Course you can become a referee. Once qualified, it’s entirely up to you how far you would like to progress, be it local Sunday league, small sided football or through the levels into the semi professional and professional game.

Want to know more or have any questions?

Please contact Referee Development Officer Steve Dobinson on or telephone 01900 872310.