Irish Soccer Referees Society


Welcome to the website of the Limerick Branch of the Irish Soccer Referees Society which was founded in 1958.  The branch has over 40 members at present but is always willing to accept any new members that become available at any time.

Our referees officiate at matches played under the following leagues; LDMC, LDSL. Ladies, Inter-firm, FAI, MFA and tournaments organised by any of the above.  If you are interested in becoming a referee you can contact any referee or the Referee Assessor, Mr Paddy Collins Tel 087 689 7778

Refereeing is a challenging, but rewarding, pastime and will also keep you fit. Becoming a referee is a straight forward process.  It involves attending a seminar to learn the laws of the game. There is a theory test on the topics covered in the Seminar.  This is followed by a fitness test.  Those who pass the test can join our local branch of the Irish Soccer Referees Society.  Watch this website for information on time and location of the next Seminar or e-mail

        FAI Referee Beginners Courses Frequently Asked Questions

Who can become a referee?

 Anyone aged 16 and above.  The courses are open to men and women and all you need is enthusiasm, commitment and a williness to learn.   If you want to reach the top the younger you are the better but former players can continue to remain within the game and retain their involvement.     

How do I start?

The course is 15 hours long and is usually run over a weekend.  There is an emphasis on practical and interactive participation and is intended for those who intend to activly particpate as referees.  They are held locally throughout the year.

Is there a charge for attending a course?

There is a charge of 50 which covers the cost of materials as well as your Referee Registration with the Football Association of Ireland for the current year.

Is there an examination to pass?

Yes, there is a 20 question multiple choice test.  This part of your training ensures that you have a good understanding of the Laws of the Game. You will also learn the practical aspects of being a referee such as how to signal, take up correct positioning and so on.

 When will I be able to commence refereeing?

As soon as you pass your course you will be allocated to a local league, either of your preference or one suitable for you as a Beginner Referee.  Local Observers will help coach you in your early games and membership of the local branch of the Irish Soccer Referee Society is available should you wish to join.

 How can I become a top referee?

Obviously you need to have ability but you are also required to be fit, enthusiastic, willing to learn and be part of the refereeing team in your area. You are required to attend local workshops and seminars that keep you up to date in the latest referee techniques.  Your local FAI Referee Observer will nominate you for more challenging matches as you gain experience and expertise, and may lead to an improved classification for you.

How far you progress in refereeing ultimately depends on your commitment and abilities.


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