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Can you help guide a newly qualified referee?


Mentoring is a powerful tool in the education and development of referees at all levels.

Successful referee education programmes change the behaviour and practices of referees – whether they are newly qualified or international referees.

For this change to occur, learning must take place. Mentoring supports the learning process. Mentoring, quite simply means a one to one relationship supporting the development of another referee. The concept is as broad as necessary and as inclusive as possible.

Mentoring is not the same as teaching. It does not revolve around providing solutions. Mentoring means different things with individual referees at different levels. With newly qualified referees and junior referees mentoring should be about empowering and helping referees to control the learning experience for themselves. With more experienced referees it focuses on challenging their beliefs and values they have developed so that they come to a deeper understanding of their role, task and the application and interpretation of the laws.

Mentors can help a referee recognise and grasp the learning opportunities presented to them. The role of the mentor is to help make the referees learning experience less accidental.


Observers play an important and integral role in developing today’s referee.

They are the guardian of standards and provide a quality service towards referee promotion, development and retention. First and foremost, the Observer’s role is to help referees to improve and become better referees.

Experienced officials can make a difference to the development and progression of referees at all levels by becoming an FA Registered Observer.


Westmorland County FA are always looking for experienced officials who wish to assist in the recruitment and retention of referees, as well as their continued development to become FA Referee Tutors.

In order to become a Registered Tutor, you must complete a two day course where your knowledge of law, delivery and presentation skills are assessed and developed. Once the course is completed a further appraisal takes place on a basic course. Once candidates meet The FA criteria they become registered Tutors and are able to deliver basic Referees courses.

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