Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can become a referee?

Anyone aged 16 and above. The courses are open to men and women and all you need is enthusiasm, commitment and a williness to learn. If you want to reach the top the younger you are the better but former players can continue to remain within the game and retain their involvement.

How do I start?

The course is 15 hours long and is usually run over a weekend. There is an emphasis on practical and interactive participation and is intended for those who intend to activly particpate as referees. They are held locally throughout the year. For information on upcoming Referee Beginners Courses in Cork, Dublin, Limerick and Mayo open the links at the end of this page.

Is there a charge for attending a course?

There is a charge of € 100 which covers the cost of materials as well as your Referee Registration with the Football Association of Ireland for the current year. You will also need to complete a Garda Vetting Form and FAI Referee Registration Form.

Is there an examination to pass?

Yes, there is a 20 question multiple choice test. This part of your training ensures that you have a good understanding of the Laws of the Game. You will also learn the practical aspects of being a referee such as how to signal, take up correct positioning and so on.

When will I be able to commence refereeing?

As soon as you pass your course and Garda Vetting clearnce has been received, you will be allocated to a local league, either of your preference or one suitable for you as a Beginner Referee. Local Observers will help coach you in your early games and membership of the local branch of the Irish Soccer Referee Society is available should you wish to join.

How can I become a top referee?

Obviously you need to have ability but you are also required to be fit, enthusiastic, willing to learn and be part of the refereeing team in your area. You are required to attend mandatory local workshops and seminars every year that keep you up to date in the latest referee techniques. Your local FAI Referee Observer will nominate you for more challenging matches as you gain experience and expertise, and may lead to an improved classification for you.

How far you progress in refereeing ultimately depends on your commitment and abilities.

How can I book a course?

Courses are available online here.

Please watch the video below if you have any diffuculities booking a course.

For further information, please contact referees@fai.ie

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