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Referee Leaders Award

A course that centres around officiating at junior football
£ 20
  • 100% online course
  • Covers key 'Laws of the Game'
  • Focused on junior age group based scenarios
  • Certificate on completion
  • Full online support
  • No previous experience needed
  • Approx. 2 hrs of content
  • £10 voucher on completion for Advanced Referee Course
  • Best for you if:
  • You work/volunteer at youth level & want to officiate with more knowledge and confidence
  • Want an introduction to refereeing

Advanced Referee Award

The core FAW online referreing course, become fully qualified
£ 80
  • Online course
  • Attend a final face to face session
  • Female specific course available
  • Covers a range of scenarios based around adult football
  • Certificate on completion
  • Full online support
  • No previous experience needed
  • Approx 10hrs of content
  • Full referee kit included
  • Best for you if:
  • You want to fully qualify as a referee, to officiate at any age group in Wales
  • You want to earn match fees

We offer a Female only Advanced Referee Course

This course is specially focused on females who wish to start officiating.

The first ever Female focused session took place on the 9 June @ Dragon Park in Newport and was documented by the BBC, you can view the feature here.

There’ll be another session soon. If you’d like to be notified when the date is finalised fill in your details below:


Upcoming end of course face to face sessions (for Advanced Award)

South Wales
Due to Covid all sessions are suspended. You will be notified once they are back on.
North Wales
Due to Covid all sessions are suspended. You will be notified once they are back on.
Central Wales
Due to Covid all sessions are suspended. You will be notified once they are back on.

Why become a referee?

If you love football and want to be a major part of the game in Wales why not become a referee?

Not only do you get the best seat in the house and get to give back to the game but you could also earn money too!

These courses, written by experts at the Football Association of Wales, will up skill you in all areas of the laws of the game ensuring that you are fully supported along the way.

You can take the course at a time and a place that suits you so it’ll fit around your busy lifestyle.

Find your course and start your refereeing journey now

The online course runs 365 days a year, so you're only ever a click away from becoming an FAW Referee. Once you've purchased the course you'll be given the oppourtunity to choose a final face to face session in your area.

continued Access

The course is accessible 24hrs a day, 365 days a year.


The courses are full of interactive content, videos, quizzes and discussion.

Mobile integrated

You can take the courses on tablets and mobile phones.


Support is available 24hrs a day through email, messagin or phone.

Steps to becoming a qualified referee

Click on the ‘Purchase Course’ tab at the top of the page, scroll down to the Advanced Referee Course and click on ‘Take this course’. There is only one course regardless of your geographical location.

During the first module you’ll be asked to add a range of important information. Here you’ll add your preferred end of course face to face session location and date and your kit size.

Work your way through the 5 sections and then pass the exam.

When you pass the course you’ll be able to download your official referee certificate. Keep it somewhere safe.

Go along to the final face to face session you previously chose. Here you’ll go through the last few steps to becoming a fully qualified referee. You’ll also get your kit and a chance to chat to your local area referee representative about officiating upcoming games.

Once all the above are completed you can officiate your first game!

Phil Thomas

Referee Manager

Phil is the current Referee Manager at the FAW and brigns with him years of refereeing experience at the top level, including FIFA.

John Bryant

FIFa Referee/ head of referee recruitment

John has refereed at the highest level during his career. He is has worked extensively throughout Wales during his referee career.

Simon Richards

Director - eCoach

Simon is here to give technical support and guidance to all course participants.

User reviews

'Loving the way that the learning process is being bought across. Easy to understand and it's an easier way to learn than looking at books in a classroom
Robert Davies
'The use of videos was a very enjoyable and effective way to learn.'

Sion Williams
'Using football clips to show examples makes it a lot easier to understand in game situations.'

Mike Sendler