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Development & Courses

Further your knowledge

Thinking of becoming a Referee? Or are you a qualified Referee looking for information on development opportunities and support? If so, you’ve come to the right place! This section of our website is dedicated to providing you with useful information on refereeing.

The role of the referee is vital in protecting the game. From local park football on a Sunday morning to the FA Cup Final, football needs referees. Over the last few years, Devon FA has focused on innovative and different ways to encourage and support the recruitment of new Referee’s into the grassroots game to join those already dedicated and more experienced referees who officiate games week in week out.

The formation of a new Referee Development Team of experienced Referee’s, some of whom have Football League experience, to mentor and guide new and experienced Referees every step of the way through their experiences in the game. Importantly, the focus is not just about recruiting new referee’s, it’s also about supporting developing the skills of those who have already qualified, irrespective of their level in the game. 

Devon FA are proud of the fact that there are now have over 500 qualified referee’s registered with Devon FA and the vast majority of games occur with a qualified referee. Whilst this is encouraging, we are not complacent and are working towards ensuring our ultimate goal of guaranteeing a qualified referee for every game.


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Training & Workshops

Enhance your abilities
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Mentoring & Volunteering

Encouraging the next generation