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Make a difference to the game

Get into refereeing

 For current and potential officials, 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



Lee Swabey

Referee Development Officer

lee.swabey@cornwallfa.com 01208 262981 or 07872 440917



Online modules

FA Guide to the laws of the game

Click here to complete the FA Guide to the Laws of the Game for free - your first steps to become a referee. 

Reasons to Referee

You can start to get involved from the age of just 14, with specific pathways in place within both the men’s and women’s game if you wish to move through the levels.

You’ll get lots of helpful advice from the outset, including details about the laws of the game and guidelines on fitness and nutrition. We also back the initiatives of the Cornwall Referees Association, who provide additional assistance.
Referee Equipment
First Things First

the basic referees course

If you want to qualify as a football referee you will need to do the basic FA referee training course.

The FA basic referee training course provides candidates with an understanding of the ‘Laws of the Game’ and provides them with the practical skills to be a match official.
Once you have passed the course and registered as a referee with Cornwall FA you will have a qualification recognised throughout England.
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.

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