We are recruiting for Referees now!

This class will be conducted via Zoom over a four week period with classes being held on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Anyone interested in becoming a referee, please contact Gary McCarthy or email


What is involved?

10 Week training course followed by examination

What football will I get involved in?

To start with you will be involved in youth League football after successfully coming through the examination.

What support will I get?

We will match you up with a senior Referee who will be on hand to give you guidance, coaching and on going support.

Do I have to stop playing?

No! As long as you do not referee in the same League that you play in (for obvious reasons!). You can combine both.

Do I have to be fit?

Fitness is important, however don’t worry if at this stage you have to work on that, from August we have weekly training sessions that you can attend that will improve your fitness.

What about after the summer?

In August the football season will start again and there are various levels of football to be covered from being an Assistant in the North Caledonian League to refereeing in the development Leagues.

What is the development League?

The SPL & SFL clubs have teams at various age levels (under 13 through to under 16 age groups) which mean you could be refereeing Caley Thistle v Celtic or Rangers!!

You will also receive a match fee for each game that you do!


Call 07786 364155 for more information



Children & Vulnerable Adults

The Association supports and requires the following good practice with children and vulnerable adults: The Code of Conduct details the standards and practice required by all members when in contact with children and vulnerable adults. These are categorised into good practice; practice to be avoided; practice never to be sanctioned; and safe practice in unforeseen circumstances. If there is a suspicion or allegation of non-compliance by a member with this Code the member will be dealt with through the Association’s Procedure for Managing Allegations of Abuse of a Child or Vulnerable Adult against a member and/or the Association’s Disciplinary Procedures.


Good Practice

Assist in making football fun, enjoyable and promote fair play.

Always work in an open environment e.g. avoid private or unobserved situations and encourage an open environment for activities.

Treat all children and vulnerable adults equally, with respect and dignity.

Be an excellent role model including not smoking or drinking alcohol in the company of children or vulnerable adults.

Maintain a safe and appropriate distance from children and vulnerable adults off the field, both pre and post match. e.g. do not have an intimate relationship.

When you have concerns over potential abuse, you should seek Child Protection Advice.


Practice to be Avoided

Avoid physical contact, handling etc. at matches, in the dressing rooms or on the pitch, except with the following qualification. – the separation of players where the use of hands on a player may be appropriate for the purposes of restraint only minimum force should be used to resolve the situation and preferably as quickly as possible. This should be done with others present. Such restraint should only be used where other players are at risk or yourself.

Avoid having favourites; this could lead to resentment and jealousy by other children or vulnerable adults and could be a cause for false allegations.

Avoid taking children to your home.


Practice never to be sanctioned

Never engage in any form of inappropriate touching.

Never make sexually suggestive comments to a child, even in fun.

Never reduce a child to tears as a form of control.

Never allow allegations made by a child to go unchallenged, unrecorded or not acted upon.

Never invite or allow children to stay with you at your home unsupervised.

Never make discriminatory remarks e.g. racist remarks.


Race and Racism

The Scottish Football Association has in place an on-going campaign called Show Racism the Red Card, which is fully supported by the Association.