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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
For further information, please contact