Become a Referee in 2018

Become a Referee in 2018

28 February 2018

The SSFRA is actively seeking new referees to join them for the 2018 season. To join their Association, they do have a minimum age requirement that all members be 14 years of age at the start of the local football season ie turning 14 by the beginning of April. They will happily accept referees of all fitness levels, both male and female. To become a referee, you need to follow these steps:

Step 1
Complete your Laws of the Game (LOTG) Certificate. This is a free online course which is provided by the Football Federation of Australia (FFA). Upon the successful completion of this course, print your Certificate (keep it as we will need it for Step 2) and register your interest in Step 2.

Whilst completing the online course, if you have any questions about the laws of the game or the course itself, please feel free to contact our Development Officer via email ( and we will provide assistance as required.

Note: the online course involves an examination of your understanding of the Laws of the Game. The FFA has set this online course up in a way where users are given only one opportunity to pass the examination. We recommend you allow ample time to complete the course. If you do fail the examination component, please contact our Development Officer via email to discuss alternatives available to you.

Step 2
Attend and successfully complete your Level 4 Practical Certificate. This is an FFA accredited course, run by the SSFRA.

Upcoming Level 4 Courses: 

Course 1- Saturday 3rd March 8:00am - 2:00pm. Harrie Dening Football Centre, Kareela

Course 2- Sunday 11th March 8:00am - 2:00pm. Harrie Dening Football Centre, Kareela

Anyone interested can email and visit their website for more information.

The SSFRA have a $0 registration fee for those for those under 18 years, who complete the Level 4 Course and register with them.


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.