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The Ipswich Referees Society is the place for up-and-coming referees. The society has decades of experience to call upon and can provide mentors for new and improving referees to help them to reach their potential. The Society provides all kinds of support for active referees, including training on the Laws of the Game, discussions on how to deal with difficult situations on the field of play and support for referees facing personal hearings at the FA. Please contact us for more information about any issues that are of interest to you.


20th March 2020

Meetings Cancelled On Government Advice

We regret to inform our members that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Government's & FA's stance on the situation, all future RA activity is suspended. In this regard, there will be NO April meeting. The next time we may come together could be the branch AGM scheduled for Monday June 1st but members will be updated nearer the time as to whether the AGM will go ahead or be moved to a later date. Thank you all for your attention. Stay safe.

Kevin Friend

29th May 2020

An Evening With Kevin Friend

In the current climate of the Covid-19 pandemic, An Evening with Kevin Friend has been cancelled. We decided that following the Government's advice on social distancing was vital and, with uncertainty on the length of time these measures will be in place, for the safety of all our members and the wider community this was the right decision. Full refunds will be provided to all those who have already purchased tickets.

Ipswich Referees

March 2020

Congratulations New Referee

Ipswich Referees Society were delighted to welcome another new Suffolk FA certified referees to our March meeting. Having successfully passed his initial course, Will completed his training and was awarded his badge by the Patron of the Ipswich Referees Society, George Whight, at Ransomes Sports Club, where he also met our guest speaker, level 3 referee John Block. Congratulations, Will!




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The Society holds monthly meetings at which referees can meet new people, discuss the important issues that they face and learn more about the art of refereeing. Meetings regularly include training sessions on the laws of football, feature guest speakers and offer support for up and coming referees.


April 2020

All Future Meetings Cancelled

Due to the unprecendented spread of Covid-19 and following the advice of the Government, all future meetings of the Ipswich Referees Society have been cancelled until further notice. In the meantime, please stay safe, follow the advice for social distancing, self-isolation when necessary and washing hands and, most of all, look after each other!

John Block

16th March 2020

John Block - Level 3 Referee

Our guest speaker in March was John Block, a level 3 referee, who talked about his journey from trainee to level three and the joys and difficulties along the way. John is an excellent official and encouraged our young referees by explaining how to improve and progress through the ranks as you gain experience on and off the pitch.


17th February 2020

You Are The VAR

Our first meeting of 2020 was an interactive training session on the current Laws of the Game presented by Peter Biggs in which our referees watched clips of incidents that occurred on the field of play and played You Are The VAR! We had some excellent discussion, lots of opinions and a little controversy as we discussed the Laws of the Game and how our referees would deal with them based on the latest Law changes for the 2019/2020 season. Thanks to everyone who got involved, adding to an interesting and lively debate!


How To Join

The main benefit of membership is the safe knowledge that you have a strong team of referees behind you so when you go out onto the pitch, you are not alone. The Ipswich Referees Society also provides additional training to support your progress and a wealth of experience. Its connection with the National Referees Assocation also means that you will have financial insurance and legal backing should you ever need it, including:

Loss/Theft of Personal Effects - insurance cover for losses incurred while refereeing (including kit)
Physiotherapy & Dental Cover - for injuries incurred whilst refereeing (including support whilst in hospital)
Drive Assist - Motor Legal Assistance if you are involved in a Road Traffic Accident.

Contact Us

For more information about the society and what we do:

For information about memberships:

Please address any society correspondence to:

Andy Wilding
10, Spriteshall Lane
Trimley St. Mary
IP11 9QY

If you've faced abuse or misconduct on the pitch or have received notification from the FA about attending a personal hearing, we're here to help and have a team of referees who can provide the latest guidance for anyone facing these situations! Please email us:

Our Meetings

Join us on the third Monday of the month
(Sep - Dec & Feb - Jun) at 6:45pm for a 7:00pm start.

 Ransomes Sports Club
    Sidegate Avenue
    IP4 4JJ