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. We also provide all kinds of support for active referees, including training on the Laws of the Game, discussions on how to deal with difficult incidents 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.
After receiving promotion to level 5 and taking on the role of chair of the Suffolk Girls and Women's Football League, our member, Alex Shipp, has recently been announced as a vice chair of the national FA's Youth Council. A great accolade for a talented and dedicated young man! Congratulations, Alex - keep up the good work!
Following the success of our Sin Bin training session, the meetings of the Ipswich Referees Society will be moving to Ransomes Sports Club, Sidegate Avenue, Ipswich, IP4 4JJ starting in September! We've had some great meetings at the Rosary, including our recent 2019 Laws of the Game training session and our annual Christmas shindig, but we're pleased to announce that our increasing membership means we need more space for our meetings. Come and join us for our first meeting at Ransomes on 16th September 2019.
Suffolk's first FIFA listed female referee, Abi Byrne, has been announced as a speaker at the RA Development Weekend on 6-7 July 2019 in Milton Keynes! Abi will join Gary Beswick (Select Group 1 Asst Ref), Will Finnie (Panel Select Ref), Constantine Hatzidakis (Select Group 1 Asst Ref), Adam Nunn (Select Group 1 Asst Ref), Andrew Madley (Select Group 2 Ref), Stuart Atwell (Premier League Ref), Steve Tanner (Men's Ref Manager), Akil Howson (Select Group 2 Asst Ref), Jo Stimpson (Women's Ref Manager), Chris Foy (former Premier League Ref) and Dan Meeson (National RDO) on a packed programme of support and development for all referees. Book your place here: qoo.ly/xh3ry
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. Meeting regularly include training sessions on the laws of football, feature guest speakers and offer support for up and coming referees.
Events are held at Ransomes Sports Club, Sidegate Avenue, Ipswich, IP4 4JJ and we recommend arriving at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start. We look forward to welcoming all our members and also prospective members who'd like to attend.
For our October meeting, we are pleased to announce that Suffolk FA's Referee's Development Officer, Alan Dale, will be visiting the Ipswich Referees Society. Alan will be giving us the latest advice from the FA on refereeing according to the new Laws of the Game as well as updates on how to deal with misconduct on the field of play and how to use the Whole Game System for misconduct reporting. Essential training for all current referees. This meeting is open to all active referees as well as society members.
Our first meeting of the 2019-2020 season was a great success! Held at our new venue, Ransomes Sports Club, we were delighted to hear from James Brookes about his work with the national FA's Youth Council and his trip to St. George's Park. We also heard from Peter Biggs about the Ipswich Referees Society's support program for referees facing misconduct on the field and attending personal hearings then the evening was rounded off with A Question of Sporting Referees hosted by our very own Andy Wilding! Our young members dinged their way into an unassailable lead and won the competition comfortably!
We had lots of interest and a wonderful turnout for our July Laws of the Game training session! Lots of active referees joined the Ipswich Referees Society for a presentation on the new Laws of the Game, including clips to illustrate the new laws for handball, dropped balls, substitution procedures, winning the toss, backpasses, defensive walls, penalty kicks, goal kicks and more! We had some great questions and good discussion of the latest changes, so thanks to all those who attended!
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.
For more information about the society and what we do:
For information about memberships:
Please address any society correspondence to:
10, Spriteshall Lane
Trimley St. Mary
If you've received notification from the FA about attending a personal hearing, please email us:
Join us on the third Monday of the month
(Sep - Dec & Feb - Jun) at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start.
Ransomes Sports Club