Become a Referee in 2018

Become a Referee in 2018

13 May 2018

We are pleased to announce the following dates for Level 4 Practical Refereeing Courses with SSFRA.

Course 1: 27 May 2018 - click here to register

Course 2: 2 June 2018 - click here to register

Both courses are the same and details about the Level 4 accreditation are below.


FFA has a system that has 4 distinct levels of referees. Level 4 is the first step - this is what you have signed up for. Level 1 is the highest you can obtain - All A-League and W-League referees are Level 1 referees.

To obtain your Level 4 qualification, you need to have completed the on-line laws of the game course, and then attend a Level 4 Practical Course (you also need to successfully complete a game as a referee and as an assistant referee).

Please note you need to be 14 or turning 14 by April, to be able to complete the level 4 practical course and register with SSFRA straight away. If you are younger than 14 we can help you connect with your local club to do miniroos refereeing.


If you wish to referee with SSFRA in 2018, please complete registration with SSFRA before the Level 4 Practical Course.

You can register on My Football Club. Click here to for step by step instructions on how to register

Please do not pay anything on-line! Select pay later. If you are under 18, your rego fee is free as a new referee.


Your Level 4 Referee Course will be at Harrie Denning Soccer Centre, 1 Bates Drive, Kareela.

It is important to bring:

A copy of your certificate from the online laws of the game course you should have already completed (

If you wish to join our branch (which will be most of you), a copy of the completed registration form as attached to this email.

$30 course fees (if you are not registering with the branch then the higher fee of $60 applies). You will receive on the day printed copies of the workbook and SSFRA new referee guide (you can also read it here), as well as a copy of the IFAB 2018 laws of the game. Payment is by cash or cheque only.

Payment for registration (applies only to over 18s who are joining our Branch in 2018 - we cover the costs for new cadets), and is $60 and includes your FFA registration fee ($22) and your FNSW registration + insurance fee ($40). Payment is by cash or cheque only.

Payment for the uniform and equipment (See prices on registration form). Payment is by cash or cheque only.

Comfortable running clothes and shoes (not thongs!!)
Whistle/flags (if you have your own - you can also buy on the day, which we strongly recommend)
Snacks (if required - we do not provide food/coffee/tea as this is only a half day course).

The course starts at 8am, and is scheduled to finish at 2pm.

Parents of new cadet referees are welcome to join us for the first 90mins of the course (8am - 9.30am) if they want to be kept up to date on how we do things (e.g. how referees are paid, what supports systems are in place, how a referee informs us of when they are available to referee).

If you absolutely must leave the course early then let us know by email, but we do strongly suggest you remain for the whole course.

If you are having problems or have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact the development officer at


If you successfully complete the course and registration you will be emailed a referee number- this is required to get paid throughout the year.

Most of our correspondence to you is by email. Once the above is all done you will be ready to referee.

We look forward to helping you start your refereeing career!


12 Reasons to Get a Job as a Referee this Season

There are plenty of reasons to become a referee this year. Have you got what it takes? Here’s fourteen motivations for you to join the beautiful game and start your journey as a referee.

1. Be paid whilst enjoying the sport you love

Get outside and be a match official. Earn great cash by taking the centre or sideline at a local ground near you.

2. Keep healthy and fit

An added benefit of working as a referee each week is the fitness you’ll gain by officiating on weekends and attending midweek training sessions.

3. There’s plenty of work

There is always room for more referees, whether it is officiating winter football or being part of the continued growth in Summer Football and Local Futsal. Football needs you!

4. Be part of a team

Learn to work together as being part of a team, either on the field with your fellow match officials or off the field with your local Referee Branch.

5. Meet new people and make friends

There are over 5000 football referees in New South Wales with lots of opportunities to meet each other at events such as State Titles, Champion of Champions, and the State Cups.

6. Keep enjoying the sport you love

If you’ve ended your time playing the beautiful game, refereeing can be the next logical step to continue actively participating in football. Stay fit and healthy with a whistle in hand and give back to the sport that you love.

7. It’s safe

The risk of injury whilst refereeing is much less than playing, and you’ll run just as much!

8. Help your local club & community

Refereeing is a great way to support your local football club and allow kids and adults alike to play football.

9. Gain life skills

Refereeing teaches you important life skills, such as conflict resolution, discipline, confidence. The skills learnt will be utilised at school, university or work.

10. You can make a profession out of it

If you find that officiating is something you’d like to pursue further, there is a clear pathway to become a professional referee, especially now that the Hyundai A-League employs fulltime refs.

11. Improve your knowledge of the game

Understanding all the Laws of the Game will help you in other aspects of football – whether it be as a fan, player, coach, or volunteer.

12. Build management & communication skills

Effective communication and management skills is an important part of everyday life. As a referee you will learn to successfully apply these skills on and off then field.