The Scottish Football Association

SQA Award

The SQA Referee Development Award provides an opportunity for secondary school pupils to become involved in refereeing and broaden their football knowledge.

The Award, run in partnership with the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Specsavers, is a core part of the Scottish FA Referee Development Department’s strategy to encourage and increase participation in football refereeing. There are two units:


Level 1: Laws of the Game, is mainly theoretical, and focuses on identifying and interpreting rules.


Level 2: Practical Refereeing, requires pupils to apply theoretical knowledgeto interpret situations, and includes a fitness test, report writing,and the opportunity to referee a match.


The Award is initially subsidised by the Scottish FA with no cost to schools, thanks to the support of Specsavers. Each school is provided with a pack of football and refereeing equipment, plus each pupil receives a Laws of the Game book. The Scottish FA will appoint a referee instructor to assist teachers with delivery of the units.

For more information, contact the Scottish FA Referee Development Department on 0141 616 6013.

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