Ayrshire Referees Association
Ayrshire Referees Association

How do I become a Referee?

Whether it is a match on a public park, or the European Championships Final, the one thing that remains absolute is the role of the referee. So whether you fancy officiating at the highest level of the game, or stay refereeing in the local youth leagues, this is the place to start.


The Ayrshire Referee Association regularly runs classes for males and females at St Joseph's Academy, Kilmarnock


If you would like to register your interest in these classes, please email Calum Haswell at secretary@ayrshirerefs.co.uk and he will contact you to confirm your place on the course.



Why Bother?

When most fans think about a football match, they tend to think about the two teams, made up of 22 players. But are we not forgetting about someone … the referee?


The referee is the 23rd person on the field of play and their contribution to the sport is sometimes not given the recognition it deserves. The attributes required of a referee are many, but first and foremost they will be a football enthusiast with a deep desire to be involved in the best team sport in the world. They will know the Laws of the Game backwards but equally as important is the ability to apply them fairly and skillfully.

Judge, jury, peacemaker and diplomat are all titles that could apply to our 23rd person, but the top referees must have additional qualities such as excellent fitness, personality and man-management skills to be able to officiate at the highest levels of the game.


How would you fare as a referee? Have you got what it takes to make these instant decisions without the benefit of TV replays? How knowledgeable are you about the game’s rules?


The classes run from 7.00pm until 9:00pm and are open to males and females, from the age of 16 years.

Every person attending will be subject to the new Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Disclosure Check)

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