Cumberland Referee

Support for Referees

With football suspended, its not just players and coaches missing the interaction associated with the game.

With football suspended, its not just players and coaches missing the interaction associated with the game. 

Cumberland FA, Cumberland County Referees’ Association and the West Cumberland Referees’ Society are working together to run a number of virtual online sessions to allow referees to stay connected and informed. 

The first event will be a Football Quiz for all Cumberland registered match officials

Quiz on Wednesday 29 April, between 7-8pm

The quiz, which will include a round on the Laws of the Game will be an opportunity for referees from across the county to ‘gather’ virtually during lockdown. Don’t worry its not just about the quiz, join your team of referees, hear some familiar voices and check in on us.

With the Coaches Coffee Club proving a hit, we’re delighted to bring match officials together with the support of the Cumberland CRA.


All registered match officials have access to the Cumberland County Referees’ Association group on Facebook with regular training clips shared and an opportunity for referees to post and take part in discussions. 

The FA also have some national initiatives open to CFA officials who would like support in their development during this time. The FA Online Referee Development Sessions can be viewed by clicking the below link - You can also follow @FARefereeing on Twitter

The FA Online Development Session 1 

Clips from Session 1

The FA Online Development Session 2

The sessions and further Development information is available to view in Referees - Development & Courses on our website

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The County CORE Group was scheduled to meet again shortly, but now the meeting will be ‘going online’ to bring our CORE Group match officials together to chat refereeing as well as a chance for a general catch up with their CORE Coaches during these unprecedented times. 

The ‘CORE Group Catch Up’ will take place on Wednesday 6 May from 7pm.

Registered Referees will receive an email from early this week with an invite to the Quiz and the CORE Group session (for those involved in the group).

Mental Health

Earlier this year, The FA released mental health guidance for Referees with information to support referees in their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others. 
With some of the below ‘tips’ highlighted in the guidance, during these times more than ever this information is valuable to support both your own wellbeing and those of a fellow match officials.

Connect – Be Active – Take Notice – Keep Learning - Give

The FA Guidance on Mental Health

Thank You

Each week Cumberland FA have produced a montage thanking key workers who are involved in Grassroots Football across the County. Already a number of match officials have been included. Please do keep sending the details in so we can continue to say thank you to those who are keeping the county turning during these times.

View the Thank You Videos 

Referee Development Officer Scott Taylor is currently on furlough leave, however Cumberland FA with support from the Cumberland RA and West Cumberland Referees Society are working on a number of other initiatives lined up to support match officials during the lockdown. 

Referees who would like support or a chat, can contact us on or call 01900 511 800 (Option 1)

Keep in touch with us and keep up to date with local football news across Cumberland – follow us on Twitter @CumberlandFA or @CumberlandCRA or Like us on Facebook – we are also on Instagram and TikTok