Cumberland FA Youth Players

Make a difference to the game

Get into refereeing in Cumberland

Reasons to Referee

If you're thinking about taking up the whistle, remember, refereeing is a great way to:

  • Give something back to the game you love
  • Remain involved in the game after injury or retirement
  • Play a vital role in ensuring players enjoy the game
  • Increase participation in the sport
  • Make new and lasting friends
Cumberland FA Referee
Initial Training

The FA Referee Course

The FA Referees Course is designed for anyone aged 14 and up who wants to join the tens of thousands of referees who operate week in week out on local parks, throughout the English football pyramid, up to those who officiate The FA Cup Final and on the International stage. As a referee you play an integral role in ensuring all participants enjoy their match day experience, helping create a competitive, fair, safe and enjoyable playing environment.

The FA Respect


The FA's Respect programme provides a series of tools for leagues, clubs, coaches, players and parents from grassroots to elite football - to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game.

Want to find out more?

Connecting, Supporting and Developing Grassroots Football

answers to your frequently asked questions

Whether you're 14 or 114, male or female there's an opportunity for you to become a referee. Referees are appointed to games depending on age (junior referees will only referee matches with players younger than themselves) and experience so there is a perfect match for everyone!

If you're playing days are coming to an end, its a perfect way to stay involved in the game!

You need no prior experience to become a referee. Just book onto one of our Cumberland FA Referee Courses and all the necessary training will be provided to you. 

Yes, you can still referee as a number of games take place in both the mornings and afternoons over the weekend. However, to complete the course each candidate has to officiate five matches and so this may initially clash with some playing fixtures. 

Apart from the initial training course to become a referee, which is 20 hours, it is up to you how many games and how often choose to referee - there is no minimum commitment. 

No this will not affect your opportunities, a number of referees do not drive. All you will need to do is liaise with the referee appointments secretary who will then give you games closer to home. 

Throughout each season we aim to run referee courses in each area of the county to maximise the number of new referees supporting grassroots football.


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