We meet during the football season, August to May inclusive.

We are members of The Referees' Association of England & affiliated to Stockport & District and Cheshire County Football Associations.

We operate as a not-for-profit membership organisation for football referees in which all operating surpluses are retained for the further development of the Society.

We provide an environment for companionship and personal refereeing development working in partnership with other members of the football family.

Meeting Nights

We offer a range of different meetings throughout the season, from Premier League officials giving an insight into the professional game, experienced locals referees and referee tutors with excellent training for all levels.

Meetings are held from August to May at Stockport County FC.

We always open the season with our traditional Pie N' Pint Evening, all members are treated to a free Pork Pie and Drink.

Our Christmas Social is great fun with a large raffle and quizzes.

Dress Code

Our meetings are not formal, as a Society we do not impose a dress code.

Stockport Referees Society offer crested polo shirts sponsored by Fleet Care Maintenance in navy which are available to members for £10.

Youth Members

We pride ourselves on our youth membership, as a society we understand that it is important that meetings communicate with youth members.


To further develop our youth membership, 2018/19 has seen our formation of our first Youth Council. We will be continuing to work on this during the season of 2021/2022.

Free membership - for new society members

We are very pleased to announce that the Society are offering free membership to new members.

This is open to all referees that have never been a member of Stockport Referees Society or the National Referees Association.

Membership 2021/2022

The Society will update the prices in due course. Please keep checking the website and Social Media for updates.

In September 1947 a group of Stockport Referees attended the Stockport FA referees committee where they were told that the FA did not see that a dedicated Referees Society was necessary.

The group of Referees decided to meet on Friday 21st November 1947 at St Andrews Mission.

The Referees created the Stockport Referees Society and held the first meeting on Thursday 27th November 1947 with 23 referees in attendance.

Having always having a stable membership, in 2004 the New Chairman set a 10 year goal to make Stockport one of the best societies in the country. Ten years later we are the second largest society in England.

The Society's principles have always been and will continue to be - Here to help and promote refereeing in the Stockport area.

We've been around since 1947

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Society Members

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We pride ourselves on a great membership with nearly 100 members in 2017/18 from Stockport and the surrounding areas. We have members from Cheshire, Manchester, Lancashire and Derbyshire FA.

We pride ourselves on a wide spectrum of members ranging from 14 to 80 years of age.

Members range from Newly qualified referees who have just passed their course, through to members who officiate on the professional game.