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FAW REFEREE AWARD

The core FAW online referreing course, become fully qualified - NO KIT
£ 25
  • 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
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  • 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

FAW INTRO TO REFEREEING AWARD

A course that centres around officiating at junior football and is a great introduction to the LOTG
£ 15
  • 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
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  • Best for you if:
  • You work/volunteer at youth level & want to officiate with more knowledge and confidence
  • Want an introduction to refereeing

FAW REFEREE AWARD

The core FAW online referreing course, become fully qualified
£ 70
  • 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

Futsal Qualification Award

Become a fully qualified Futsal Referee by undertaking this course, created by experts at the FAW
£ 30
  • Online course
  • Attend a final face to face session
  • Covers a range of scenarios based around adult football
  • Certificate on completion
  • Full online support
  • No previous experience needed
  • Approx 4hrs of content
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  • Best for you if:
  • You want to fully qualify as a Futsal Referee in Wales
  • You want to earn match fees

We offer a Female only FAW Referee Course

We held referee events dedicated to women and girls in Wrexham and Newport during Women’s EURO 2022. 

Please purchase your FAW Referee Award and submit your name and email address to be notified of the next in-person course for women and girls.

The first ever Female focused session took place on the 9th June 2019 at Dragon Park in Newport and was documented by the BBC, you can view the feature here.

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Upcoming end of course face to face sessions (for FAW Referee Award)

South Wales
Parc Abercynon, RCT, Sunday 2 October 12:00 - 14:00
Dragon Park, Newport, 9th October 2022, 10:30AM
Elba sports complex, Gower, Sunday 6th November 2022 12.00 - 13.30
Dragon Park, Newport, Dec 11th 2022, 10:30 a.m
Ysgol Bae Baglan, Port Talbot, Sunday 29th January 2023, 11:00 - 13:00
North Wales
Colliers Park Wrexham, Saturday 26th November 2022, 10.00 - 13:30
Treborth Playing Fields Bangor, Sunday 4th December, 13:00-16:00
 
 
 
Central Wales
TBC
 
 
 
 

Why Become a Referee?

Football is more popular in Wales today than ever before. Make sure you’re in the middle of the pitch and at the heart of the revolution. You can take the first step on your journey by completing the FAW Referee Award. The course has been written by the experts at the Football Association of Wales to train you into a fully qualified referee. You’ll gain a deeper knowledge of the game, develop valuable life skills, and discover a new way to earn money. Become a Ref today

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.

Engaging

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

Mobile integrated

You can take the courses on tablets and mobile phones.

Support

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.

If you’ve purchased a course that comes with kit you can order it by following the instructions on the ‘Before you Begin’ lesson.

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 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!

Lee Evans

FAW MAtch officials manager

Lee began his career as a referee with North Wales Coast FA and went on to become a Category 1 FIFA Referee. Now retired from refereeing he manages the FAW’s Elite Referees.

Jack Rea

match officials recruitment and retention executive

Jack will help you begin your refereeing career and continue to support you as you progress.

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
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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.'


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