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 subsequent exams at the end of the course.  The course is made up of practical and theoretical sessions training delivered by our FA Referee qualified tutors.

To find what is involved for the level of football you are interested in, contact the Voluntary Referee Development Officer Ian Harley with your name, full contact details and we'll send you the appropriate documents to start your refereeing journey.

All Referees' within the Royal Navy FA are administered by the RNFA Referees' Society which was formed in 1971. The RNFA currently have referees operating on the football league, national leagues, contributory leagues, supply leagues and at local level. Whilst continuing to play a vital role in Service football both in the UK and throughout the world; proving that you can officiate at all levels of the game. Here's just a few of the momentous occasions RN Referees have been part of in the past:

 - 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.

Can you be a part of the future; and take RN refereeing to another level? If so, what are you waiting for?

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