Referees perform a vital role in the game, and with the growth in the popularity of football, particularly for women and children, the demand for match officials is increasing. The Football Association estimates that in some areas of the country, 20 per cent of games are played without a qualified match official. Their goal is to recruit 10,000 referees a year to ensure that, in future, every game has a qualified official who is receiving regular training and support from an FA mentor programme and helpline.

The first stage involved in becoming a referee is to make contact with us to discuss your aspirations and the second stage is to attend a Basic Referees Course and pass the exams at the end of the course.

To find what is involved for the level of football you are interested in , email Ian Harley @ with your name and full contact details and we'll send you the appropriate documents.

Referees can now download the latest blank electronic report forms, from the documents section below. Submission of electronic reports must be emailed to

All Referees' within the Royal Navy FA are administered by the RNFA Referees' Society which was formed in 1971. They continue to play their part in Service and civilian football both in the UK and throughout the world; providing officials for all levels of the game. Here's just a few of the momentus occasions RN Referees have been part of:

 - FA Cup Final (Assistant Referee - Bill Sadlier, 1946)
 - Football League (Assistant Referees - Mike Taylor, Len Huff and Simon Hollic)
 - International Fixtures (Poland - Mike Taylor, early 70's)

Several officials have also been fortunate enough to officiate at Wembley for the End of Era celebrations, Umbro 5's and the Bobby Moore Memorial Fund.

Any refereeing enquiries should be directed to:

Volunteer Referees Development Officer (VRDO) RNFA Referees Society - Ian Harley
Mobile: 07884 266967 

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