National Referee Manager - Recreational

Federations & Major Events
England , United Kingdom
Full Time
13 / 06

Full description

Decide the game...

The Football Association is excited to be searching for a National Referee Manager, Recreational, who will take the lead on the strategic management of all new referees in all formats of the game. You will ensure there is a greater constancy of support, guidance and development afforded to all new referees in their early experiences across all CFA's.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Head of Refereeing to identify, nurture and develop those referees who are demonstrating the high potential to progress into the FA CORE programme and to the professional level of the game.

What will you be doing?

  • Working closely with CFA's to ensure that all new referees are provided with considered and robust support during the first 3 months of their career.
  • Strategically manage all new referees making sure that they enjoy a safe and positive environment during the first 3 months.
  • Work closely with the FA Referee developer workforce to identify trends of education which may need to be extended in the early stages of a referee's career.
  • To design, construct and deliver a national mentor workforce from across the game which supports a referee during their first 3 months post qualification.
  • Works closely with leagues, clubs and other football stakeholders to ensure that new referees are provided with care, support, safety and a welcoming experience when refereeing.
  • To regularly attend games to identify performance trends which can forge the basis of our learning and development content.
  • Provide monthly virtual learning and development opportunities for a variety of referees to learn and grow from FA Referee development content.
  • Ensure that our development offer takes a blended learning model - including face-to-face, virtual and online content.
  • Ensure that all training and education content specifically targets those referees from underrepresented groups.
  • Work closely with the Head of Refereeing - Technical and development and other National Referee Managers to ensure that Referee development and education remain a key priority for County Football Associations.
  • Regularly update the online FA Referee Community with learning and development content for all new referees.
  • Responds to threats to referee experience or retention by communicating directly with referees and working closely with the CFA referee officer.
  • Supports the ongoing delivery of referee qualification and development in other formats of the game - futsal, small-sided, walking football and disability football.
  • To demonstrate the core FA values at all times. Working within a wider technical and development team, whilst showing a positive attitude and flexibility to support their colleagues within the team and wider FA refereeing department where necessary.
  • Executes additional tasks as required to meet FA Group changing priorities.
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.
  • As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

What are we looking for?

Essentially for the role:

  • Detailed knowledge of the Refereeing pyramid and promotional pathways and opportunities.
  • Detailed knowledge of FA CORE structure - regions, leaders, referees and programme evolve.
  • Knowledge and experience of the barriers to inclusion for women, ethnic minorities and disabled people in refereeing.
  • Capable of influencing a diverse set of stakeholders including volunteers.
  • Understanding of grassroots football.
  • Understanding of how CFAs and Leagues recruit and administer referees.
  • Excellent administration skills.

Beneficial to also have:

  • Experience as a referee/assistant referee.
  • Experience in referee administration and or development.
  • Experience and understanding of a County FA.
  • Experience in working and supporting new referees/sports officials in the infancy of their careers.

Please note, this is a home-based role, which means this is location independent and will require extensive and regular nationwide travel.

What's in it for you?

We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, to achieve this we have unique office spaces under the arch of the iconic Wembley National Stadium, which is the home of English Football. We are also delighted to offer a world-class, Elite Performance Centre, St. George's Park in Staffordshire which is an exceptional setting to develop and inspire high-performing England teams and leaders.

We pride ourselves in offering a competitive salary as well as great opportunities to develop and grow in your role. But that is not all; we also have a range of exciting benefits, some of which can be found below:

  • Access to event day tickets at Wembley Stadium, alongside a host of regular internal events throughout the season encouraging you to connect and learn with your colleagues and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
  • Free, nutritious lunches, at Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park.
  • Free private medical cover.
  • A contributory pension scheme.
  • An additional Thank You days leave, volunteering days as well as 25 days annual leave.
  • A hybrid working model offering flexibility on where you work.

For more information on what it is like to work at The FA, please visit our FA Careers page,

Our Organisation

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams across men's, women's, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League, FA Women's Championship, and Vitality Women's FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

The FA, For All, For You

Our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy forms an integral part of our long-term commitment to using our influence across English football to create a game free from discrimination.

A Game For All outlines three key strategic commitments - Lead the Change, Be the Change, and Inspire the Change - which will ensure tackling discrimination remains a core priority for English football for years to come.

We are a diverse workplace, aspiring to represent football across the country. The Football Association actively promotes inclusion and diversity, encouraging you to be the best version of yourself at work.

We welcome applications from everyone and are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process, please mention this during your application.

As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.


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