Support available

Support is readily available to all registered referees within County Durham.

It is recommended that new and existing referees join their local Referees’ Society. Each Society meet on a monthly basis and provide a forum that enables you to discuss refereeing issues and to obtain help and support at an early stage in your refereeing career, from experienced referees.

In addition Regional Development Officers have been appointed by the Football Association to develop a national system of support and assistance for all referees.

Jeff Russell is the Referee Development Officer ( for the Durham County FA and along with Company Secretary John Topping he is charged with the responsibility of helping to oversee many of the aspects of refereeing in the County area.