At the Heart of Every Match

keeping local matches flowing

Training, support and continual guidance

Dedicated referees rise to the challenge of ensuring the laws of the game are observed so each match is fair, safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Good referees are confident and decisive, with patience and an ability to communicate effectively to keep the action flowing. A sense of humour is also a great advantage! Refereeing offers a constructive path into the game for anyone who'd prefer not to play, but loves to be involved.

We develop and support new and existing referees to guarantee the game is safe and pleasurable for all. You can take our courses or attend A 'Get into Refereeing' Taster Workshop to find out more and see if refereeing is for you.

There are league recruitment schemes we can introduce you to and we'll keep you in touch with existing referees who can offer the benefits of their experiences, including how to report misconduct effectively.
professional game opportunities

chances to progress

There are many examples of Essex referees who have been promoted to the higher levels. We can point you towards your local society, give you fitness tips, provide training and appoint a mentor to guide you. Where else can you find such an achievable route into the professional game? Want to take that first step? Interested in developing your existing skills so you can be the best you can be? Please feel free to contact us.

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 matchday experience
FA Grassroots Referees
A helping Hand

RefereeingĀ Support

Our referees are recruited, trained and examined to enable a smooth grassroots operation.  As they gain experience further opportunities are provided to aid their development and progression.  Appointments are made to adult and youth County Cup ties, together with games in certain FA competitions.