Become A Referee

There are Refereeing courses organised throughout the year and at different venues in the County to support you.


Ever wondered what the game of football is like from the referee's perspective?

Love football but can't play to the standards you used to?

Want a hobby where you can actually earn money?

Or  maybe you just simply want to understand why certain refereeing decisions are made?

Well, you're not the only one, more and more people of all ages, genders, races and abilities are getting into refereeing.

It can be a very rewarding activity to take up, as not only can you keep fit, but you can develop yourself as a character, and maybe even work your way up into the professional ranks of Cornwall FA. We are here to guide you on becoming a referee.

Please find links within our contents page to guide you if you have any any querys please call Cornwall FA on 01208 269010 or email


Information for Referees
Basic Referee Course



The Cornwall County Football Association is re-launching the Volunteer Match Officials Development Programme to support clubs within the East Cornwall Youth League, Kernow Youth League & Cornwall Girls League. The FA Strategy is for every 9v9 & 11v11 game to have a qualified referee.

This programme is supported by the Football Association and the Whole Sport Plan


To up skill the volunteer match official workforce, targeting:

  1. Referees officiating at 11-a-Side, from Under 12 to Under 15 Age Brackets (Noted. County FA currently appoint Referees to the U16 & U18 Age Groups)
  2. Mini Soccer Facilitators in the U8 to U11 Age Groups
  3. Club Assistant Referees in all 11-a-Side Age Groups

NOTE. 9 v 9 Format will be covered within 1 above.


Most Volunteer Referees have a direct relationship to a player within the team, for example Dad, Mum, Brother, Sister, etc.

Registered Referees have liability Insurance and members of the Referees Association have the support & services of their National Body. This support is not available to “club” volunteers

It is not the intention to take the volunteers out of youth football merely to up skill them with a qualification and to provide them with a network of support from the Governing Bodies.


In partnership with the CCFA we will run discounted basic 11-a-Side referee courses, clubs may wish to sponsor their volunteer workforce or at least assist to further subsidise the course costs.

Mini- Soccer Facilitator Courses & Certificated Assistant Referee Courses will also be arranged in partnership with the CCFA.  The CCFA & League will give a FREE place on the Certificated Assistant Referees Course for every place a club books on the 11-a-Side Course.

 Further In Service specialised Refereeing Programmes will also be made available.

Limited Places available the Subsidised course fee from the CCFA is £50

For further information on these courses please contact:

Cornwall FA on 01208 269010 (Office)

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