The Referees’ Association has an increasingly important role to play. Howard Webb MBE has regularly and fervently supported The RA and emphasised the crucial role The RA played in helping him achieve the pinnacles of refereeing in 2010 - the Champions’ League and World Cup finals. England's top officials’ regularly pay tribute to The RA’s contribution to their success and well-being, and they demonstrate their views by the support they give to RA events at all levels from local Association meetings through to The RA Conference.

Continuing the wonderful success of English refereeing of recent years requires a healthy grassroots membership that seeks the very best training and development to ensure their progress and personal enjoyment. 

The RA has key objectives which are to provide ALL referees with excellent...
  • Training and Development 
  • Welfare
  • Mentoring
  • Social

The Referees' Association

The Referees’ Association (The RA) and the National Young Referee Development Team (NYRDT) 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 grassroots.

Our Partnerships

Partnerships are often formed between individuals, agencies or organisations with a shared interest to address specific issues. Our evidence reveals that our members young and old often require mental, emotional, financial, medical help, support and guidance. The Referees’ Association champion the work of those agencies that provide this support in times of need. Should you require support please contact the relevant agency below or the RA Head Office.
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Join the Referees Association

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. Find your nearest branch now.

Alternatively, 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. Join now.