Referee Observers

Become a Referee Observer with North Riding FA

If you're passionate about referee development, read on...

Are you passionate about referee development? Do you want to play your part in helping our next generation of referees make their way up the promotion pyramid?

Why not become a North Riding County FA Referee Observer?

Referee Observers play a vital part in the development and progression of our match officials at all levels of the game within the county. They are in effect the custodians of the Laws of the Game, ensuring they are applied to a high standard.

Observations play an increasingly greater part in the promotion and development of an official’s right throughout the game. You do not need to have officiated at the top level of the game to become a Referee Observer - experienced officials at Level 5 and above can make a difference in enhancing the careers of our referees.

Referee Observers are paid a fee of £22 per observation completed at County FA level, with the use of our online administration system for Observers to upload observations.

You will be involved in observing referees who are appropriate to your level of experience, and you can also still be an active referee and observe for North Riding County FA when available. To become a qualified Referee Observer you will need to attend the forthcoming online workshop and carry out live match observations under the guidance of an experienced referee observer.


Date: Friday 25 September 2020, 18:00 - 20:00

Venue: Zoom Conference Call

The schedule for the workshop is as follows:

• Laws of the Game key changes 2020/21

• Roles & qualities of an Observer

• Feedback on a referee’s performance

• Post-match debrief, report writing & next steps

Please complete the below application form which will be reviewed by our Referee Development Department if you would like to become a Referee Observer: 

The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 21 September.

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