Are you passionate about Referee Development? Do you want to play your part in helping our next generation of referees make their way up the promotion pyramid? Then become a Lancashire FA County Referee Observer today!

Referee Observers play a vital part in the development and progression of our match officials at all levels of the game within the county. Observers play a vital role in the development of officials at all levels. They are in effect the custodians of the Laws of the Game, ensuring they are applied to a high standard. Assessments play an increasingly greater part in the promotion and development of official’s right throughout the game.

How do I become an Observer?

In order to become a qualified Referee Observer you will need to take an Observers course. These are run regularly throughout the year here at The County Ground. Further details of any upcoming Observer recruitment courses will be distributed on this webpage and via the County FA. Should you require any further information then please contact Referee Development Officer Lewis Smith on or 01772 624000.

Who can become an Observer?

You do not need to have officiated at the top level of the game to become a Referee Observer. Experienced officials at Level 7 and above can make a difference in enhancing the careers of our referees by become a registered Referee Observer. You will be involved in in observing referees that are appropriate to your level of experience and you can also still be an active referee and observe for the County FA when available.

What development opportunities are available for Observers?

Observers will be invited to attend regular training sessions provided by the County FA. These sessions will look at key issues and themes that have been identified by both Referees and Observers and will look at developing the overall process. Observers will also be subject to quality control with regular feedback provided to the Observer.

Will I be paid for this role?

Observers at County FA level will be paid £15 for each report that they complete.

Next Observers Course:-

The next Observers course will be split into two parts and be held here at Lancashire FA. In order to become a qualified Observer you will be required to attend both evenings:-

Monday 20th February 2017 (6pm to 10pm)

6pm to 7pm: Introduction to Referee Observing,

7pm to 9pm: Observe match referee on Bolton Wanderers vs Barnsley U23s

9pm to 10pm: Key evidence from the game and using the performance criteria

Monday 27th February 2017 (6:30pm to 8:30pm)

6:30pm to 8:30pm: General feedback from the submitted reports and linking development with solutions to enhance the referees performance


Venue – Lancashire FA, The County Ground, Thurston Road, Leyland, PR25 2LF

Please note that the course will be limited to a maximum of 20 places. In order to book your place on the course then please contact Lewis Smith on or 01772 624000.

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