The Referee Development Plan is the vehicle through which an agreed, effective and integrated Refereeing Recruitment, Training and Development framework will be achieved.Under the leadership of the Football Association of Ireland, and in partnership with the Irish Soccer Referees Society and other Affiliates and Stakeholders, the provision of more enjoyable and fulfilling opportunities will be achieved through the delivery of high quality programmes, structures and facilities.


Former FIFA referee Anders Frisk was in attendance at the launch of the Football Association of Ireland's Referee Development Plan. The plan for 2007-2011 is the vehicle through which an agreed, effective and integrated Refereeing recruitment, training and development framework will be achieved. The Association aims to double its current number of registered referees of 1,000 over the next five years.

It is also hoped that the charter will enable affiliated referees to progress at senior level and even officiate at UEFA Champions League group stage level. At present, the failure to recruit and retain sufficient numbers of referees is threatening the sustainability of the game at grassroots level in Ireland, where there is an average of one registered referee for every 8.3 registered teams. The equivalent UEFA average is one referee for every two teams.

The announcement of the Referee Development Plan is the latest strategy document formulated by the Grassroots Department of the FAI, following on the back of the Technical Development Plan and the Womens Development Plan.

Core Values of the Plan:

  • Referee centred Education & Training and Development
  • Creating a Positive Environment
  • Performance Excellence & Quality
  • Make Refereeing an Attractive Option
  • Service Focused
  • Management Excellence
  • Equity & Diversity
  • Integrity