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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.

Kevin Friend

29th May 2020

An Evening With Kevin Friend

The Suffolk County Referees Association is holding a celebration evening for all its referees: An Evening with Kevin Friend will take place at the Best Western Hotel, Copdock, Ipswich, IP8 3JD on 29th May 2020. The evening will be hosted by comedian Russell Langham and will include a hot and cold buffet, the annual Suffolk Referees Association's Awards Presentation and our special guest speaker for the evening is Premier League Referee Kevin Friend. The Suffolk County Referees Association is pleased to sponsor this evening and is offering free tickets to all current Suffolk County Referees Association members if collected from your local branch by 31st March 2020. All other tickets are £10 and can be purchased at your local branch meeting or online at EventBrite (booking fee applies). This will be a great evening - please come and join us!

Ipswich Referees

February 2020

Congratulations New Referees

Ipswich Referees Society were delighted to welcome 14 new Suffolk FA certified referees to our February meeting. All have successfully passed their initial course, completed their training and were awarded their badges by the Patron of the Ipswich Referees Society, George Whight, at Ransomes Sports Club. They all enthusiastically participated in our You Are The VAR discussion and had some excellent insights from what they'd learned on their course and from their early experiences refereeing. Congratulations to all of them!


January 2020

Congratulations to Mel Burgin
Female Referee of the Month

Melissa Burgin from Notts FA won the #WeAre Female Referee of the Month for January 2020. Congratulations to Mel and to Freya Louis from Needham Market who is running the national #WeAre campaign to raise awareness of the excellent contribution that women are making in the world of football. #WeAre is highlighing a different role each month in 2020 and for February, they are focusing on managers. See more at Happy Gaffer.




Mike Moir



Andy Wilding



Richard Skinner



Graham Bleasby




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.


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!


16th December 2019

The Annual Christmas Party

The Ipswich Referees Society's annual Christmas party was a roaring success! We had a great turnout for our traditional evening of quizzing and merrymaking with Dad's Army taking the prize for top quiz team 2019! We had a wonderful fish and chip supper, lots of laughs, our traditional raffle and the evening was rounded off by a surprise rendition of A Supporter's Lament to the tune of Match of the Day by Ken and Peter Biggs! Thanks to all who attended and made it a wonderful evening!


18th November 2019

An Evening with ITFC's Paul Lambert and Lee O'Neill

Ipswich Referees Society spent a wonderful evening with Ipswich Town Manager Paul Lambert and ITFC General Manager Lee O'Neill at our November meeting. Mr. Lambert answered all sorts of questions posed by the members of Ipswich and Bury Referees including an insight into his move to Dortmund in Germany where he won the Champions League, his move to Ipswich as manager and his thoughts on becoming a referee. Mr. O'Neill spoke of his excitement about the changes that have taken place at ITFC over the past year and their plans for the future as well as reminiscing about his time playing football at Ransomes Sports Club and around Suffolk as a youngster. A massive thank you to both of them!


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