Accessibility links

Refereeing Course at NPL Football Academy (Kidsgrove Athletic)

Course description

On completion of year two, students will also undertake the basic refereeing course which will provide an introduction to the laws of the game as well as developing the practical skills required to be a football referee.


The course is run over 5 modules including the completion of 6 matches as a trainee referee, two of which should be observed by a referee coach. The course can either be predominantly theory or practically based dependant on venue and can be run over a weekend or several sessions again depending on resources.


Course content

Module 1- Introduction

This module will introduce some key aspects in the following:
- Laws of the Game
- The role of the Referee
- Consider the skills require to control a game of football

Module 2- Practical Element

Practical elements of the course will provide an introduction to:
- Warming up and cooling down activities
- Positioning & movement at both set pieces & in open play
- Managing game situations
- Signals & communication techniques
- FA Safeguarding Children workshop (included in the course programme)

Module 3 - Examination

Both a multiple choice examination paper and a practical on field assessment are used to establish theory & practical knowledge.
- Written element - both theoretical & practical courses
- Theory DVD - used in mainly theory based courses
- Practical on field assessment for use on practical based courses.

Module 4 – Refereeing

- 6 games are used to establish both the knowledge as well as the practicalities of refereeing.
- 2 of the games are observed by a referee mentor who offers immediate feedback and development points.

Module 5 - The next Steps

A 3 hour workshop designed to reflect on a trainee referees first experiences of refereeing and to offer development pointers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact NPL Football Academy (Kidsgrove Athletic) directly.

Last updated date: 17 July 2015
Provider logo

Key information


  • More information
    • Hopes were high that Athletic would go one better during 2010/11, but after spending most of the season in the play-off positions, before fading badly in the final few weeks to finish seventh. Once more, though, the Staffordshire Senior Cup provided a highlight as Kidsgrove beat a Stoke City side to lift the trophy for a fourth time.

      The downturn in fortunes continued, with off-the-field issues dominating proceedings and the club struggling to field a competitve team.  A comprehensive 4-0 reverse at local rivals Newcastle Town saw Grove finish in a relegation position at the end of the 2013/14 season, only to be handed a dramatic reprieve due to Worksop's resignation higher up the pyramid.  So Kidsgrove's proud record of never having been relegated continued for another year, but as we enter 2014/15, maintaining the club's status again looks like being a tough challenge.