FA Grassroots Referees

Make a difference to the game

Get into refereeing

Where you are a player, manager or a spectator, you all have one thing in common - a love for football.

It's the same for Referees! We love the game. Whether you're a young 14 year old just starting out, or a retired adult player wanting to stay involved, Refereeing gives you the chance to be involved in the beautiful game.

For some it's an opportunity to participate in a higher level of the game than they would have ever reached as a player.

Reasons to Referee

Thinking of becoming a Referee?

  • Refereeing is a great way to get into football
  • Make new and lasting friends in the game
  • Remain in the game after injury or retirement
  • There are opportunities for all!
For Sarah
Sian Massey-Ellis

Guide to the Laws of the Game

The Guide to the laws of the game
Initial Training

The FA Basic Referee Course

The FA referee course is designed to give attendees an understanding of the ‘Laws of the Game’ as well as  practical refereeing skills needed to referee 11v11 & 9v9 football.
On completion of the course and passing the FA Referee exam you will be a registered with the Wiltshire FA  as a qualified referee, which is a qualification recognised throughout England.


Referee course FAQs

You need to be least 14 years of age and have completed relevant FA Safeguarding training (this will be covered on the course). You must have completed a 5 module, online course -  Guide to the Laws on the Game.

 For those aged 16+ you will need to obtain a valid FA DBS - the County FA will be able to advise how to process this.

The Basic Referee Course in Wiltshire costs £125.00 per candidate.

You need to be 14+ to book onto and attend an FA Basic Referee Course.

Get In Touch

By Phone: 01793 486047
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

By Email: ella.broad@wiltshirefa.com

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.