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Refereeing Course at NPL Football Academy (Halesowen Town 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 (Halesowen Town FC) directly.

Last updated date: 17 July 2015
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    • According to the club's records Halesowen have played at The Grove ever since their formation in 1873. The ground was originally a cricket pitch and was therefore a three sided stadium. In the 1930s a small wooden stand was constructed along the perimeter of the James Grove Button Factory (now housing).
      During the 1950s the Old Hawne Lane end was constructed along with changing rooms, built on the site of former tennis courts. During this time sides had to change in the Waggon and Horses public house on Stourbridge Road.
      In the 1980s three sided ground was converted to four with the addition of the uncovered terracing along the Recreation Park side of the ground. In 1987 the 420 seater Harry Rudge Stand was completed on the site of the 1930s vintage wooden cover, whilst at the same time the rest of the ground received a face lift. The stand was extended in 1998 and again in 2000.
      The floodlights which the club won in 1983 lasted until 2001 when a new set were installed and officially inaugurated at a friendly against Wolverhampton Wanderers.