The The Referees' Association has been in existence for over 100 years supporting members throughout the country at all levels of the game. The Association provides benefits such as insurance, incapacity benefits, legal advice, reduced prices on kit and equipment and many other adavntages, from the head office in Ryton on Dunsmore, Warwickshire.
Local Associations (LRAs) are the life blood of the RA, there are over 200 spread across England and usually hold meetings on a monthly basis. Membership of the RA is primarily through an LRA but in exceptional circumstances central membership may be allowed.
Welcome to the official web site of the Referees' Association. The site is a work in progress and over the next few months it will be updated on a regular basis to provide a full resource for members and potential members. If you are a qualified referee and not already a member, you should look at the benefits of membership in detail and discover the advantages of membership, often at the cost of a single match fee.
If you are thinking that you would like to qualify as a referee, you should go to the page for your county, where you will find details of basic referee courses in your area.
We welcome your views regarding the site, and your ideas for additional items. Please use the contact page to email us, also to update us with any information that may be incorrect on the site.
New members can join the association for £4 for the first year. Renewal rates vary by local association but there are significant discounts for junior (under 18 years of age) members.
Local societies (LRAs) are the lifeblood of the Association. There are over 200 throughout England.
There are many benefits to be gained from joining the RA, see benefits page for more details.
Find details of forthcoming events for members, both local and national.
Keep up to date with the latest news from both local and national levels.
Kit and equipment is available from our supplies partner, Sporting Touch.
The association works closely with the RA-FA Youth Council at local and national levels.
Find out how you can become a referee, courses are held throughout the country regularly.
Find a local association that holds meetings near where you live or visit.
The current Laws of the Game, issued by FIFA, are available in ebook format.
Throughout my career The Referees’ Association has been a constant source of advice, guidance and support. Membership of The RA has been an essential part of my development and I struggle to see how any aspiring referee can achieve their goals without the support offered by The RA.
Howard Webb, FIFA World Cup Final Referee
I have been a member of The Referees’ Association since my refereeing began in 1999. Being a member has so many different benefits; the opportunity to attend meetings with colleagues and learn from their experiences, a sounding board to ask questions of more experienced referees, the training sessions and guest speakers at branch meetings, not to mention the protection and legal assistance of the RA should it ever be needed. In my opinion, being a member of The Referees’ Association gives any referee a greater chance of success and enjoyment.
Michael Oliver, FIFA & Premier League Referee