Rules of The FA WPL


The Army FA is proud of its refereeing history and it plays an active role in attracting, training and mentoring its referees at all levels of the game. All Service Associations (Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy) have administrative responsibility for referees who are serving members of the Armed Forces. 


If you are a Regular or FTRS Serving Soldier you must be registered with the Army FA in order to referee. If you are a Reserve soldier then if you only officiate for the Army FA then you register with the Army FA, but if you are officiating on civilian games you have to register with your local County and then affiliate to the Army.

Regional points of contact can be found under Refereeing Support.

Referee Payment

Match fees for all matches are set annually by the United Kingdom Armed Forces Association (UKAF). The Referees’ Sub Committee reviews the fees each season and makes recommendations for change to the CSFA AGM. The fee will apply to all matches, including Corps, Inter Corps, Division competitions, Army Challenge Cup and Minor Units Cup competitions and non competitive matches.

The fees for Final Ties may be replaced by the presentation of a suitable memento. Unless otherwise stated, where appointed, a fourth official is to be treated as an Assistant Referee.

The current level of fees (subject to change) is:

  • Referee: £15 / Assistants: £10
  • Massey Trophy: Referee: £20 / Assistants: £15

The home club is responsible for payment.

Become a Referee

Thinking of becoming a referee?

  • Refereeing is a great way to be involved in football
  • There are opportunities for everyone
  • Remain active in the game following injury or retirement
  • Make new and lasting friends within the game
  • Play a huge role in ensuring the players enjoy their match day experience
FA Grassroots Referees

Development & Courses

From local grassroots football on a Sunday morning right through to the FA Cup Final at Wembley, every football match needs a referee.

Thinking of becoming a referee?

• Great way of staying in the game if playing isn't for you
• Improves fitness
• Builds character
• Opportunities to socialise within the referee community
• Helps ensure players enjoy their matchday experience

A helping Hand

Refereeing Support

Our referees are recruited, trained and examined to enable a smooth grassroots operation.  As they gain experience further opportunities are provided to aid their development and progression.  Appointments are made to adult and youth County Cup ties, together with games in certain FA competitions.