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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. 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.


July 2019

Abi Byrne Featuring at
RA Development Weekend

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:


June 2019

Referee Promotions

Congratulations to all those referees who have received their promotions for the upcoming season! We'd especially like to congratulate Ipswich Referees Society members Gareth Moir, who is now a Level 4 Supply League Referee, and Alex Shipp (pictured) who has been promoted to Senior County Referee. Great progession shown by both of them!


March 2019

50 Years Service Award

From playing with Sketchleys Works FC to refereeing the national England U18s team vs Scotland U18s, George has had a lifelong passion for football and has served our local community for 50 years! George is a fantastic member of the Ipswich Referees Society and received his gold service medal from Chairman Mike Moir and the Chief Executive of Suffolk FA, Richard Neal. Many congratulations on this fantastic achievement, George! Find out more...




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. Meeting regularly include training sessions on the laws of football, feature guest speakers and offer support for up and coming referees.

Events are hosted by the Rosary Conservative Club at 172 Bramford Road, Ipswich, IP1 4AB and we recommend arriving at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start. We look forward to welcoming anyone who'd like to attend.


1st July 2019

Training on Law Changes
for 2019-2020 season

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!


3rd June 2019

AGM/Sin Bin Training

The June meeting of the Ipswich Referees Society will be held at Ransomes Sports Club, Sidegate Avenue, Ipswich, IP4 4JJ. The evening starts at 7:00pm with training on the IFAB law changes especially focussing on Temporary Dismisals or Sin Bins at step 5 and below and will be followed by the Ipswich Referees Society's AGM (at around 8:00pm). This will be vital training for all active referees so please come along and join us!


15th April 2019

Abi Byrne

Abi held the Ipswich Referees Society spellbound with the story of her football journey so far, from a difficult first match at Leiston in 2013 to joining the FIFA list in December 2018 and travelling to refereeing assignments across Europe. Abi also talked about the preparation she puts in before each match, the way she approaches the men's and women's games, the expectations of international referees and how she has to adapt her game depending on the level she's refereeing. A wonderful presentation from Suffolk's first female FIFA official!


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 received notification from the FA about attending a personal hearing, please email us:

Our Meetings

Join us on the third Monday of the month
(Sep - Dec & Feb - Jun) at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start.

 Rosary Conservative Club
    172 Bramford Road
    IP1 4AB