Referee Observers

Assessors play a vital role in the development of officials at all levels. They are in effect the custodians of the Laws of the Game, ensuring they are applied to a high standard. Assessments play an increasingly greater part in the promotion and development of official’s right throughout the game.

How do I become an Referee Observer?
You do not have to have officiated at the top level to become a Referee Observer. Experienced officials from Level 7 can make a difference to the development and progression of referees at all levels by becoming an FA Registered Observer. You will be involved in assessing referees appropriate to your level of experience. You can also still be an active referee and assess for the County when available.

Do I get paid for this role?
Observers at County level currently receive £20 for each assessment they complete.

What development opportunities are available for Observer?

County Observers are invited to two development workshops each season to discuss key issues. Observers are also subject to quality control with appropriate feedback provided to the Observer on a regular basis.

What is the first step in getting qualified?

You need to take an Observers course that are held on an annual basis. For details of the next course available please contact Referee Development Officer Ross Joyce on 07872 469952 or

Next Observers Course

Wednesday 7 September 2016 - 6.30pm-9pm, Acklam Green Centre, Middlesbrough.

For further information please contact Ross Joyce on the below details:-

North Riding County FA, Broughton Road, Stokesley, Middlesbrough, TS9 5NY.
01642 717774 (Direct Line) or 07872 469 952 (Mobile)

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