Signed up for referees course - starting next Sunday!

#1
Hi all

First I'd like to introduce myself. I'm Sean, 27 years old from Norfolk, and as you can probably tell from my username the majority of my experience has come from the touchline as a coach rather than the middle. I started coaching at 16 with a local youth team taking a team from u9-u12 and doing my FA Level 2 and Youth award before going on to University to study Sport Coaching. After working full-time as a coach for 2 years after University I ended up having a career change and I now work with International Students and I haven't coached, other than the odd guest session, since 2014.

Roll on to now and I've just signed up for a refereeing course starting on Sunday 21st January with a view to (hopefully) qualify as a Level 7 referee by the end of March. I have some very limited experience of refereeing before; as with many coaches I've been roped into refereeing youth fixtures when we haven't had a qualified ref available and I even refereed a few Sunday League games as an unqualified ref aged 16/17.

I'm keen to get back involved in the game I love, keep fit, earn a bit of pocket money and see how far I can take it. What have I let myself in for? :p
 
#3
One things for sure Sean, you'll definitely learn a lot more to refereeing than you're used to. As soon as you're passed, I recommend registering wiht your local Referee Association, that way, you're insured, plus you learn even more at your monthly meetings.
 

lincs22

Supply League Observer
Staff member
Observer/Tutor
#6
@CoachTurnedRef - Welcome.

If you haven't bought your boots yet, consider rugby boots for soft ground. They are more waterproof and have better studs.

Remember Referees boots don't have to comply with the laws of the game.
 
#9
Cheers for the recommendations @lincs22 and @Mintyref - unfortunately I have already purchased two pairs - Nike tempo firm ground and soft ground. I hadn't even thought about rugby/non football boots! I'll have to look into them when I upgrade :D
 

Mintyref

Well-Known Member
#10
Cheers for the recommendations @lincs22 and @Mintyref - unfortunately I have already purchased two pairs - Nike tempo firm ground and soft ground. I hadn't even thought about rugby/non football boots! I'll have to look into them when I upgrade :D
I've no doubt that some of the wardens on here will tell you your boots must be black. I have fat feet as well as a fat head and cannot get football pumps that are comfortable, I wear what fits and works for me, but then I was never going for the dizzy heights, level six was enough for me!
 
#12
I've no doubt that some of the wardens on here will tell you your boots must be black. I have fat feet as well as a fat head and cannot get football pumps that are comfortable, I wear what fits and works for me, but then I was never going for the dizzy heights, level six was enough for me!
Both pairs are black with a white Nike tick and gold trim - very plain and traditional referee boots! Don't want to give off the wrong impression of being a flair referee ;)