The FA

The FA

Technical & Development Support Officer


Role Type



Posting Date

May 10, 2022

Role description

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.

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The Role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Referee Technical & Development Officer to provide expert support, resource and assistance to the Technical and Development function within the FA Referee department.

The successful candidate will take a detailed lead on the maintenance and update on all aspects of our digital learning and development for all referees via the FA Refereeing community. Increasing the opportunity for all referees to access valuable educational material whilst raising our standards of performance across the game.

Key Accountabilities:
To research and obtain inclusive and diverse educational and development material, content and clips from all areas of the game which will assist the technical and development team in all forms of delivery.
Regularly update, refresh and maintain all of the learning and development content via the online FA Refereeing community.
Provide active support to the technical and development team at all delivery events (face to face and online)
Provide co-ordinational support to the department when designing and planning any referee development events.
Manage, maintain and respond to league, club and competition feedback on referee performance in collaboration with both heads of Refereeing.
Ensure that our records and programme administration for FA CORE (men's and women's) are up to date and accessible at all times.
Work collaboratively with National Referee Managers to produce guidance notes, development documents and learning material for County FA Referee officers.
To collaborate with the FA Grassroots division to produce refereeing department resources to supplement the delivery of the Refereeing KPIs (recruitment, conversion, retention, progression.)
To develop high quality inclusive resources to enable County FA RDOs to recruit, retain and develop mentors, coaches.
To support the implementation of the Futsal referee strategy.
To analyse, implement and advance best practice strategies to recruit, retain and develop referees for Futsal, Small Sided, Disability and Walking Football.
To work alongside the FA Safeguarding team to establish and implement agreed protocols for the registration and licensing of all match officials in the refereeing workforce.
Supporting the delivery of FA Refereeing Strategy 2022 – 2025. Providing assistance, experience and guidance on key focus areas - Referee environment & culture, diversity and raising standards.
Executes additional tasks as required in order 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.

What we are looking for:
Knowledge and experience of Referee development and education (or similar – e.g. other Sports officiating,)
Experience of utilising technology to obtain development and education content,
Knowledge and understanding of the barriers to inclusion for underrepresented groups in refereeing,
Excellent administration skills – specifically within football or other Sporting environment,
Advanced skills in Microsoft office,
To be able to work as part of a team whilst also showing initiative and sustainability to work remotely at an independent location (home working,)
The ability and availability to occasionally work out of regular office hours where required (e.g midweek evenings and weekends.)

What we can offer you:
An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
Attractive benefits and a competitive salary.

Please be aware that unless you are on a homebased contract, your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre.

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.

The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your application.

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