FA – New landmark strategy for grassroots refereeing in England


A few days ago FA announced their new strategy for grassroots refereeing in England, which will start this year (2023) and end in 2026.

The strategy, titled ‘To Grow, Guide and Govern.’, outlines four key transformational goals through to 2026:

  1. Making refereeing an attractive career choice – Halving the time it takes to reach the top levels and providing slicker, easier admin via one system across the game.
  2. Improving referee experience – Introducing new rewards & recognition and implementing behavioural change initiatives, including the trial of bodycams for grassroots referees.
  3. Making refereeing more inclusive – A commitment to a 50% increase in referees from historically under-represented communities and a 50% increase in female referees.
  4. Enhancing referee performance and development – Tripling online resources and training and doubling investment in our development system.

The whole strategy is attached below.


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