English assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis

Get Into Refereeing

have you ever sat at home and wondered how and why decisions are made?

Well, people of all ages, genders, races and abilities are now getting into refereeing.

Refereeing is a great way to:

  • Keep involved in the game you love
  • Remain involved in the game after retirement or injury
  • Play a vital role in ensuring players understand the laws and enjoy the game
  • Increase participation in the sport
  • Make new and lasting friends
Initial Training

The FA Basic Referee Course

Full Basic Referee Course. The East Riding FA holds several courses throughout the year and will involve practical training followed by a test on the Laws of Association Football and an examination which involves watching a theory DVD.


You will be required to enter your FA Number (FAN) and password to book onto a course or create a FAN and password to book onto one if you don’t have one already

Create a FAN here.

Please Note: You will need to create a new FAN for your Son/Daughter if you already have a FAN yourself, because the FAN used will be accepted as the person booked on.

The minimum age to book onto and attend a referee course is 14. There is no maximum age.

Referee courses are run between March and November each year. They are held at various different venues across the County to make the course easily accessible for candidates. 

The course fee is £110.00 per candidate.

All bookings are made through a secure online portal and confirmations of bookings are generated back to you after payment has been made.
With limited places per course, bookings are received electronically on a first come, first served basis and once sold out are FULL

Candidates who book onto a referee course are required to read up on the Laws of the Game before attending so that they are aware of the terminology and understanding of law to assist them through the practical course.
All referee candidates are required to complete an FA Safeguarding certification and anyone aged 16+ and officiating in Youth Football will need to have a valid FA enhanced CRC certificate in place to be registered to referee any matches.