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. If you want to start your refereeing journey - see the information below on how to start.
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;
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.
You can also contact our Referee Mental Health Champion Darren McCall by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Darren champions the importance of mental wellbeing, encourages conversation and acts as a point of contact for any match officials aged 18 or over experiencing mental health problems, helping to signpost towards professional support services if required. Please read more about Darren here.
For information and support, contact our Referee Development Officer Matt Sowerby on email@example.com or mobile 07458 043676