National RA Events for 2016


Having listened to feedback from across our membership, we have changed the arrangements for some (but not all) of the annual RA events to be held during 2016, and these new details are now as shown below.

County RA Liaison Meeting = Sun.10/01/16 – Abbey Hotel, Redditch – 10:00 hours; a very successful event held last Sunday – full report and updates to follow.

Meet the FA Cup Final Officials (Eve-of-Final Rally) = Fri.20/05/16 – Westminster – evening

RA Annual Conference Weekend at Hinckley Island Hotel, Hinckley, Leicestershire:

Sat.16/07/16: 10:30 hours = AGM / presentations /etc.

12:00 hours = YC training event (at Hinckley FC)

16:30 hours = New-style Quiz

19:30 hours = RA/YC Grand Dinner

Sun.17/07/16: 10:00 hours = RA Conference

Please note that the exact timings for all of the above events will be confirmed nearer the date.

The old-style RA National Quiz Final 2016 will be held on a separate date and at a different venue, subject to sufficient support for it being evident from within our membership – we will be sending out further communications on this matter in the near future, so please watch this space!

Many Thanks & Best Regards,


Ian Campbell  –  RA Board Vice-Chairman

RA-FA Youth Council Inspired Fund

Please note the following message from Amy Robinson, the Youth Council Inspired Fund Project Leader.

We are pleased to announce the launch of the RA-FA Youth Council Inspired Fund for the 2013-14 season!

The Inspired Fund has the aim of identifying inspirational individuals who can use a refereeing qualification to promote refereeing, football and the positive values of sport in their local, under-represented communities. We aim to support a inspirational people wishing to become qualified referees. Once qualified, to then become a role model and promote refereeing within their community to under-represented groups (e.g. BAME Community, Female Officials, Low-Socio Economic etc) and inspire others to take it up. In return for their willingness to promote refereeing we will cover the cost of the Basic Referees Course. The bursary is for a maximum of £150 which will contribute towards the payment of the Basic Referee’s Course.

Attached is the 2013-14 application form which can be sent electronically or hand-written and scanned.

The applicant must fulfil the below criteria:

  • Be aged 14 – 25
  • Have a reference of support
  • Lives within or has strong involvement with an underrepresented community within refereeing this may include but is not limited to; gender, ethnicity, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or low socio-economic groups
  • The desire to become a qualified referee through attending a Basic Referees Course and completion of the six games needed to qualify
  • Attend at least one referee meeting, this may include a county RA-FA meeting, referee evening or Local Referees Association meeting
  • Attend at a local community event to promote refereeing
  • To recruit and refer at least one friend to attend a Basic Referee’s Course
  • To be an ambassador for the RA-FA Youth Council

Once the candidate believes they can fulfil the requirements they must send their completed application forms to by 4th January 2014. We will notify successful applicants following the closing date.

Download the application forms below:

RA-FA Inspired Fund – PDF
RA-FA Inspired Fund – Word

RA-FA Youth Council 2013/14 – Applications Open

After a highly successful first year, the RA-FA Youth Council are seeking from the RA membership applications.

If you’re under 25 and passionate about improving refereeing, why not apply?

The RA-FA Youth Council are seeking people with specific job skills and the job descriptions can be found on the RA-FA Youth Council Facebook page.

It is mandatory that ALL Youth council members are RA members and Job descriptions are only downloadable from the RA-FA Youth Council Facebook Page.

If you have any questions please contact the RA-FA Youth council directly on

The closing date is 31st May 2013. You can download the application form below:

RA-FA Youth Council – Application Form (PDF)

RA-FA Youth Council – Application form (DOCX)