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The Ipswich and District Society of Football Referees 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.


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...


March 2019

More New Referees!

We were delighted to welcome four more new referees to our ranks. Fraser, Max, Iain and Ben have successfully passed their referee training and were treated to an evening with Adem Atay, the Ipswich Town FC U18s Manager, who welcomed them with some wonderful words of advice as well as entertaining us all with fabulous insights into the world of professional football. Congratulations to all four of them and thank you to Mr. Atay for a great evening!


February 2019

Completion Congratulations

Many congratulations to our new referees! We were delighted to welcome Ian, Jamie, Callum, Lenny, Ben, Archie and Alfie at our meeting in February 2019. At the meeting, they were able to learn from the experiences of Alex Shipp, who gave a great presentation on his experiences as a young referee and his work with the RA-FA Youth Council. Best wishes to you all as referees in Suffolk!




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.


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!


25th May 2019

Anthony Taylor

Sadly, the special event planned for 25th May has been cancelled. Refunds will be issued to all who had already purchased a ticket. Please do not hestitate to contact us if you have any further questions.


3rd June 2019

AGM/Sin Bin Training

The Ipswich Referees Society will hold its Annual General Meeting on 3rd June 2019 at 7:30pm. Training on the IFAB law changes will follow starting at approximately 8:00pm, focusing especially on the introduction of sin bins at step 5 and below. This will be vital training for all active referees so please come along and join us!


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 & District Society of Football Referees 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.

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