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What FA Safeguarding qualification do I need as a Referee for the 2020-21 season?

Due to the circumstances this year caused by the COVID-19 pandemic it has now been confirmed that referees without an in-date FA Safeguarding Children qualification will be able to be registered for the 2020-21 season. 


We do recommend however that you complete our new, free online course The FA Safeguarding For All. This provides an introductory overview of how to safeguard children, looking specifically at best practice, poor practice and abuse topics. 


You can complete the course here. You'll need your email and password to login. 


Referees must have an in-date appropriate safeguarding qualification on their record in order to register for season 2021-2022. Full information on the learning pathways to achieve this will be provided later this season.

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