SFA Launch New Online Referee Training Course

SFA Launch New Online Referee Training Course

The Scottish FA have today launched a brand-new referee online training course, offering a fresh and innovative route to becoming a referee.
In collaboration with eCoach, a leading organisation in online training, the courses aim to provide the best available coaching for aspiring match officials, combined with flexibility, in a new drive to increase referee recruitment in Scotland.

The course, a first for refereeing in Scotland, includes interactive match footage, an in-depth IFAB Laws of the Game exam and offers an alternative choice alongside the face-to-face training already in place for those looking to begin their refereeing journey.

The launch comes after significant success in Northern Ireland and Wales, where there has been a 300 percent increase in referee recruitment following the launch of the online courses.

Once passed successfully, candidates are given a direct link to their local Referee Association, getting them within touching distance of picking up a whistle for the first time.

Scottish FA Head of Referee Operations Crawford Allan said: “It has become apparent during the pandemic that people are very keen to play or be involved in sport and it is very encouraging to see so many people returning to football.
“This, in turn, gives us a challenge supplying sufficient referees each week, so we are delighted to be launching this pioneering new online course to help recruit and train new referees throughout Scotland.
“This flexible approach to becoming a referee will hopefully suit a number of people that cannot attend face-to-face courses and we have seen evidence in other nations that online courses have helped to attract those that have not considered refereeing before.
“Becoming a referee promotes a healthy lifestyle, encourages using spare time in a sporting environment, helps to develop transferable management skills that will benefit other career opportunities and is a huge attraction for those with aspirations to be a part of the game.
“We are very keen to encourage anyone interested in refereeing to either take this course or attend one of our face-to-face courses held around the country.”
Director of eCoach Simon Richards said: “eCoach are delighted to be working with the Scottish FA on this suite of referee recruitment online courses. They’ll make becoming a referee in Scotland far more accessible, while maintaining a high level of training quality.

The Scottish FA become the third Home Nations FA to utilise the training courses, with Northern Ireland and Wales benefiting from an increase in referee recruitment of up to 300 percent over the last few seasons. We look forward to seeing this partnership flourish and more and more referees picking up the whistle over the next few years.”

To book your place on the new online course, email referee.recruitment@scottishfa.co.uk or visit scottishfa.thewhistle.academy

2021 Regional Training Day

The Scottish FA Referee’s Department are running an on-line Regional Training Day, using the Zoom platform, on Sunday 16th May 2021, between 10am and 1pm.

Any member (cat 4, 4 Dev, 5, 6 or 7) wishing to participate in this coaching session should contact the Association managers, Joe or John to register their interest. Being included in this very informative and useful initiative that will assist referees of all levels and experience.

The association would like to specifically encourage all new members who have recently completed the entrants class to attend.

The Scottish FA Referees’ Department are wishing to know attendance numbers early to assist in their preparations.


January 2021 Introductory Referee Course

Looking for a new hobby and something to occupy your time during lockdown? From 21st January, Renfrewshire Referees Association will be hosting a brand new course – “An Introduction to Referee” to prepare you for refereeing when guidance permits.

Where – Zoom
When – Starting 21st January, every Thursday @ 7pm (10 weeks)

This is a great opportunity to learn the Laws of the Game with an exam to conclude on your final week. Support is provided to new referees and a mentor will be arranged to provide guidance in the early stages of your refereeing career. Direction will also be given on suitable leagues to commence refereeing at your own pace. Refereeing is a rewarding hobby giving you the chance to keep fit, make new friends and travel all over the country.

To register your interest in the upcoming course please register HERE

For more information on the course contact secretary@renfrewshirereferees.org.uk or message us on Facebook or Twitter

Whilst waiting for a reply test your knowledge with our association quiz. This quiz includes questions from the introductory exam and advanced exam.

Coronavirus Update

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All members please take note of the Coronavirus Update from SFA:

Please note that the official line to clubs from the Scottish FA on training is that “the decision to suspend or continue training is at each club’s discretion at this time, however clubs must ensure to follow current medical guidance when making this decision”.

“Under no circumstances will friendly matches or ‘bounce games’ be permitted, even if these take place within a scheduled training session”.

Please do not agree to officiate at any friendly, closed door match or training match until further notice.

Thank you