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The FA

The FA

National Referee Officer – Development & Progression (FTC - July 2025)


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Mar 4, 2024


We have a fantastic opportunity for a National Referee Officer (Development & Progression) to join our Football Operations division. The post holder will support the design, construction and delivery of the education, development and support for match officials undertaking the County FA progression pathway.

You will work closely with the Head of Refereeing for Technical and Development, and other National Referee Managers to identify, nurture and develop those referees who are demonstrating high potential to progress into the FA CORE programme and to the professional level of the game. You will provide greater consistency of performance and transition for those referees moving into step 5 and 6 football.

This is a location-independent role and will require extensive and regular nationwide travel. This is a part-time position 2 days per week and advertised on a fixed-term basis until July 2025.

What will you be doing?

To support the delivery of high-quality training, education and development opportunities to all referees on the progression pathway.
Ensure that there are regular interactive regional development touchpoints' with all referees on the progression pathway.
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 historically underrepresented groups.
Work closely with the Head of Refereeing Technical and development and other National Referee Managers to ensure that Referee development and education remains a key priority for County Football Associations.
Work closely with CFA Referee officers to support their ongoing recruitment, retention and development of a referee support workforce mentors, coaches etc.
Forge partnerships with leagues, clubs and other football stakeholders in order to enhance, improve and develop their understanding of the laws of the game and wider refereeing matters.
Regularly update the online FA Referee Community with learning and development content for all referees on the progression pathway
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's changing priorities.
Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and well-being 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?

Essential for the role:

Experience as a referee educator and or developer
Highly skilled facilitator of referee education and development content. Has the ability to plan, prepare, build and deliver referee development programmes/workshops.
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 have:

Experience as a referee/assistant referee.
Experience and understanding of a County FA.

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 competitivesalary 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 acrossmen'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 Women's Adobe 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.

We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.

Your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre, unless the role is advertised as a homebased contract. The contractual location of this role can be found at the top of this advert on our FA vacancy page.

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 Associationactively 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 opportunitiesemployer. 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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