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.
Local RA meetings are the kernel of RA life. They are social occasions where a little business may be conducted, but mainly where members enjoy the company of refereeing colleagues, discuss, debate and learn the finer points of refereeing, consolidate their understanding and interpretation of the Laws of the Game and the management of players and receive advice from expert speakers on how to improve and progress in their refereeing career.
Welcome to the official web site of the Referees' Association. 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, 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. We are aware that many of our local associations produce excellent local newsletters, please email a copy to us and we will include local news and items of interest.
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