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The Referees’ Association (The RA) and the RAFA Youth Council (RAFAYC) will play an important role in the National Referee Strategy. This is because their nationwide structure will allow them to supplement The FA’s development work and, mainly through local RA groups, will provide important support, guidance and mentoring (both formal and informal). Their work is especially important for new referees, young referees and all referees operating at grass roots.

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Bulk discounts are available for County RAs and Local RAs.

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Promotional Material

The RA has produced a series of A4 promotional posters in jpeg format.

They can be downloaded and used in newsletters, mail shots or meeting locations and officials changing rooms.

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The RA Manual of Guidance

The board hope the revised manual provides a useful reference document, as the previous manual is many years out of date and while we have worked diligently to provide a robust document, we also accept you many have comment in terms of additional sections and views on the content – we welcome your feedback.

The manual will be held centrally within the members only area of the website.

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Our Objectives

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to operate as a not-for-profit membership organisation for football referees in which all operating surpluses are retained for the further development of the Association.


to provide an environment for companionship and personal refereeing development working in partnership with other members of the football family.


to recruit into membership registered and former registered referees and to retain their membership.


to support and protect members from injustice and unfair treatment in matters related to refereeing.

to operate through and support a network of County and Local Referees’ Associations and to provide guidance and support for their members.


to represent the interests of members to and on the controlling bodies of Association Football.

Supporting Young Referees

Quotes from Parents

"Positive encouragement from those with a love for the game - coupled with experience - encourages development, which, in turn, leads to success for the next generation"


"BARA's continued support for my young Referee is key. This has proven to unlock so many doors for her learning development... Fantastic!"


"One of the most helpful things for my daughter would be the mentoring side of things - that's been amazing - her confidence levels have shot up through the roof!"



Benefits of Membership of the RA

The National RA recommends that prospective members should join through their local LRA, the easiest way being to attend one of the many local association meetings that take place across the country on a regular (usually monthly) basis. Many local associations offer reduced subscription rates for new members, you can find details of your nearest branch by clicking on the button below.

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Online membership is now available for any referee who wishes to take up central membership. The National RA will then allocate you a local branch.


Core Benefits are automatically included in your membership of The Referees’ Association. The Additional Benefits have been carefully created to aid your day to day activities as a Referee and member of The Referees’ Association.



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Howard Webb

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
Michael Oliver

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

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