Vacancy description


National Referee Manager (HB0085)

  • Salary:
  • Division:
    Football Operations
  • Location:
    Home based
  • Closing Date:
    27 October 2021
  • Vacancy Type:
    Full-time, Permanent

Our Organisation

The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England. We are responsible for promoting and developing the game at all levels; from grass roots through to the professional game, The FA Cup and the England International teams, and has two core assets: Wembley Stadium and St George's Park.


The Role

The National Referee Manager will actively lead, manage and engage with all 50 County FA's (CFA's) in implementing the National Referee Strategy and other key FA organisational aims (National Game Strategy, CFA Minimum Operating Standards etc.)


The successful candidate will work in partnership with the Head of Technical & Referee Development on the training and development in key areas of referees within FA CORE; ensuring that CFA's are supported in capturing and identifying those referees with emerging potential and who have the opportunity to progress.


Key Accountabilities:

  • To forge, enhance and develop key FA/CFA relationships, ensuring that referee training, education and development remain a key priority;
  • To provide effective support and direction to all CFA's in every aspect of refereeing;
  • To create a unified and consistent approach to refereeing nationally by promoting alignment, support and understanding of CFA's priorities and regional focuses;
  • To promote and ensure that every referee in the country has equal access to training, education and development;
  • To assist CFA's with the identification of referees with emerging potential who may feed into our accelerated pathways, promotion and entry into FA CORE;
  • Work with each CFA to ensure that there is an appropriate and consistent level of support, education and development offered to CFA promotion candidates from Level 7 through to Level 4;
  • To manage and implement a formal induction process in conjunction with CFA's for all new RDO's to ensure they understand how the FA Refereeing Department operates and the key functions and responsibilities that RDO's should be delivering against;
  • 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;
  • Organises and delivers two one to one support days with all CFA's and CEO's (if appropriate)
  • Identify up-skilling areas and create education, training and development for RDO's within the National and Regional CFA RDO days;
  • To work closely with National Referee Managers ensuring that all queries and issues are efficiently directed to the appropriate person (Women, BAME, Disability Football, Tutors, Recruitment and Retention etc.); To manage the relationship with FA Communications department to promote refereeing initiatives and processes;
  • To lead on the continued development and enhancement of the Referee Registration process supports the work of the National Young Referee Development Team.


What we are looking for:

  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office,
  • Capable of influencing a diverse set of stakeholders including volunteers,
  • Strong presentation, delivery and facilitation of content skills,
  • Understanding of grassroots football,
  • Understanding of how CFAs and Leagues recruit, support and administer referees,
  • Excellent administration skills,
  • Project management skills.


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 for the right candidate.


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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