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Referee Course - Queries/Concerns

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  1. KieranG1505

    KieranG1505 New Member

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    Hello, my name is Kieran and in approximately one month I will have started my refereeing course with Northumberland FA. It has been a long time since I have wanted to become a match official for Northumberland Football Association however there is still some concerns that arise when I am thinking about this course.
    • What equipment will I need to bring on the dates of the course.
    • What level of understanding of the LOTG will one require.
    • What is the money like (and will it cover the costs of the equipment eventually)
    • How in-depth is the course which one will be partaking.
    I appreciate all responses and I hope to begin my officiating career swiftly.

    Kindest,
    Kieran
     
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  4. drahc

    drahc Well-Known Member Level 3 Referee Observer/Tutor

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    Welcome!

    I tutor, but not in Northumberland. I imagine you will get an email from the Northumberland FA which will answer all your questions, but in the meantime, here are the generic replies to your answer.

    1. Bring food and drink, suitable clothing, a change of footwear, and shin-guards. Normally yellow cards/whistles etc... are provided by the County FA but do check.
    2. You will be expected to have a basic understanding of the laws of the game. You will get a pre-course activity which will test this knowledge.
    3. The money will cover your costs. I would say when first starting out you could be earning anywhere from £20-35 a game.
    4. Depends how you define in depth. You will be expected to learn the laws of the game. The tutoring team will consolidate, and answer questions where appropriate. Likewise, the tutoring team will ensure that you have the practical skills (I stress practical - a lot of the course is now focused on practical referee instead of classroom based) and knowledge to start refereeing - you will understand and know how to:
    • Apply law (including recognising and dealing with fouls and misconduct)
    • What match control is and how to use to your advantage/improve it
    • How important positioning is and what optimum positions during open play and at restarts
    • The numerous restarts and how to manage them
    • Use the various forms of communication
    • Act as an assistant referee
    • Conduct yourself and what to do as a referee, before, during, and after a game
    • Progress if you so wish
    I think I have covered everything. If I have accidentally left something off, I am sure someone will add to my list.
     
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  5. Brian Hamilton

    Brian Hamilton I am the storm Observer/Tutor

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    I tutor in West Riding (think West Yorkshire) and we have all of the above and we try to make the learning fun. Expect to go home very tired after both days of practical training. I'm running Day Two of a course on Saturday. We will have fun, even if it rains :)

    Good luck.
     
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    boulderdomb New Member

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    Out of curiosity, what are the shin-guards required for? I wouldn't have thought these would have been required (I am also joining a course this August).
     
  7. Tino Best

    Tino Best Well-Known Member Level 7 Referee

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    You end up playing a game to create situations and one person will take a go at reffing. So therefore you need shin pads as by the end of the second session people are normally over exagerating everything to test out the refs!
     
  8. Brian Hamilton

    Brian Hamilton I am the storm Observer/Tutor

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    And a good tutor will help them wind their necks in
     
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    Ste Member

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    I actually find the opposite to be true when I'm on courses. The trainees get tired and lose interest after they've had their go, so the tutors have to keep revving them up to maintain a realistic match!

    Good luck to those taking the course soon ... enjoy it.
     
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  10. magpie1892

    magpie1892 Member Level 7 Referee

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    Hi,

    I am with Northumberland, Lindsey Robinson is our RDO (Referee Development Officer) and can answer any queries but ill try and answer a few.

    The course is part practical, part theory and lasts 2 days usually 9-4 ish, you will spend time outside, bring changes of clothes, a whistle, warm clothes and a drink, yellow and red cards were provided for my course but this was a few years ago now.

    Fee's depend on which league you do

    Pinpoint Football League (U8 - U18's) - fee is either £15 up to u16's and £20 for U17/U18 - contact the relevant league secretary for the age group you want to referee. http://www.pinpointjuniorleague.co.uk/members/committe-profiles/

    Northern Alliance (adult) - £24 (Prem) or £20 (Div 1) plus 30p per mile for referee and £17 (prem)/£15 (Div 1) for assistant plus 30p per mile - http://www.northernfootballalliance.org.uk/handbook/#section-information-for-match-officials

    As long as you have a basic understanding then you should be fine, the course will cover the LOTG and the practical sessions will put it into practice.

    Not sure who the tutors are these days mind
     

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