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Refereeing Course at NPL Football Academy (Lancaster City FC)

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 (Lancaster City FC) directly.

Last updated date: 17 July 2015
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      The following year the Dolly Blues improved and were just three points short of that fifth and final play-off position. In 2009-10 a further improvement was made in what was the last season of a 17 year Unibond League Sponsorship. But that illusive promotion drive ended, having topped the league for much of the season, with only two minutes remaining of the last game of the season with a penalty in the play-off final against Colwyn Bay, a team 21 points behind City. The team did win a Trophy with the League Fair Play Award but was a scant reward.

      The Club ended last season with three trophies but fell just three points short of a league play-off place. The President's Cup was deservedly won after defeating four sides from the top five. The prestigious F.A. National Fair Play and Respect Award, representing clubs from Tiers 1 to 4, was won, and the League Fair Play Award retained.