Published: 3 October 2017

Refereeing giving students the chance to enhance CVs – and their wallets

Referee Campus Football

Matt Addison, a second year Geography student, runs Campus Football – a recreational league students can take part in with friends, through your Halls or via your Department.

In the below article, Matt explains how you can become a Campus Football referee.

The University’s internal football leagues are in need of more paid referees to cover fixtures on Wednesday afternoons and during the day on Sundays.

Campus Football is a long-established competition with five leagues of 11-a-side teams made up of various players from all subject areas, and is a safe and fun environment for officials new or experienced.

Why should you get involved?

There are multiple benefits from refereeing, chiefly the opportunity to earn £20 for an hour and a half of work.

Anyone who is already qualified can get involved straight away, whilst any current students wishing to take the qualification will be able to do so for a much-reduced fee of £50 (earned back in three matches), subsidised by Sport Liverpool.

University matches take place on Wednesday afternoons and during the day on Sundays at Wyncote Sports Grounds in Mather Avenue, a short trip from the University Campus or Smithdown Road.

Once qualified, you would not only be able to referee within the University, but also in local matches or at home in FA leagues.

John Farrell, a PhD student who was an assistant referee in last year’s Campus Cup semi-final, said: “It brings in a little bit of extra funding. It’s good fun and is a good way to meet other people.

“The main benefits are that you can get out there, meet new people, it’s good exercise, and some people might view it as a potential ‘side-career’. I know a couple of lads who have moved on to amateur leagues and Sunday leagues, so it’s a good way to progress if that’s something you want to do.

“It also looks quite good on your CV. It shows you can manage pressure situations and all things like that help when you are applying for jobs later in life.”

Mark Tallett, a fourth year civil engineering student who has refereed in the campus leagues for three years and will be continuing this year, added: “I started refereeing in about 2011. I did the basic FA course, and then did FA matches for the youth leagues back at home.

“I used to actually play football, but realised it probably wasn’t my strong point. I enjoyed refereeing, and I thought if I can do that, enjoy it and earn a bit money, it was a good thing to do.

“If (people) are referees already, I think the uni league, although it is a bit of a challenge being a referee, and suddenly going from doing youth leagues to doing games with people who are maybe 25, 26 years old, is a challenge, but if you know what you are doing, it is quite empowering.

“It builds confidence in other areas as well. If you feel that you can control 22 players that can help in other areas like your work as well.”

How can you get into refereeing?

If you would like to get involved in refereeing, whether you are already qualified or want to participate in the course, or would like to enter an 11-a-side team to the league, email Ryan Swinney on

For more information, you can also email Matt Addison on  

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