Rules of The FA WPL


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;

Email 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.


For information and support, contact our Referee Development Officer Matt Sowerby on or mobile 07458 043676

Become a Referee

Thinking of becoming a referee?

  • Refereeing is a great way to be involved in football
  • There are opportunities for everyone
  • Remain active in the game following injury or retirement
  • Make new and lasting friends within the game
  • Play a huge role in ensuring the players enjoy their match day experience
FA Grassroots Referees
A helping Hand

FA Core

Our referees are recruited, trained and examined to enable a smooth grassroots operation.  As they gain experience further opportunities are provided to aid their development and progression.  This is provided through our County FA Core and National FA Core programmes.