On this page you can discover everything about a Level 1 Referee and even sign up to our online Level 1 Referee course.

Aimed at complete beginners who want a better knowledge of the game: whether an under 16 player just starting out in the officiating world; a parent; or a novice looking to get into the sport. This online course gives an insight into the basic mechanics of refereeing, violations and fouls.

Level 1 referees can officiate school games, junior local leagues and at recreational level.

You will need access to a laptop, computer or smart device to complete this course.

Each candidate who signs up to our online course will receive a 10% discount (valid for one purchase) on officiating products in our online shop.

Once you have signed up, candidates will receive access to the online learning by the end of the next working day.

Expected duration: 4 hours (including 2 hour practical session)

Pre-requisites: None

Recommended minimum age: 14 years

Cost: £45

Online modules: The course consists of modules which you can learn at your own pace. You are able to learn in your own time and can keep coming back to Hive Learning as often as you like. The modules consist of:

  • Introduction
  • The Basics of Refereeing
  • Game Administration
  • Mechanics - Lead & Trail
  • Violations & Signalling
  • Fouls & Signalling

Post online module requirements: Once the COVID-19 restrictions are eased, candidates will be invited to a number of 2-hour practical sessions. These sessions will be lead by one of our Referee Tutors at central locations around the country, where you will be coached through refereeing a game.

Certification: Upon completion of the Hive Learning modules and after attendance at a 2-hour practical session, you will receive an e-certificate.