Ever tried playing a game of football without a referee?
It's difficult, right...?
Referees play a crucial role in helping football take place. From local grassroots football played in a park on a Sunday morning right through to the FA Cup Final at Wembley, every football match needs a referee.
That's why here at Northumberland FA we are dedicated to producing, supporting and developing a highly motivated and immense talented network of FA qualified referees.
We work hard to provide a wide range of opportunities and support to the 500+ registered referees officiating across the county already, and encourage those looking to get into refereeing for the first time.
The welfare of all our referees is of paramount importance to Northumberland FA. If you are a referee or have concerns about the welfare of a referee and wish to report any safeguarding concerns please get in touch with Northumberland FA via;
Gill Shields (Designated Safeguarding Officer) or Michael Turner (Assistant Designated Safeguarding Officer)
Email Safeguarding@northumberlandfa.com or call 0191 270 700. Alternatively the following organisations will help:
CPSU (Child Protection in Sport Unit)
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)
Sporting Chance Clinic
Please remember if a child or young person is in immediate danger then ALWAYS call 999.