Becoming a Referee

The pathway to becoming a qualified football referee with the Sutherland Shire Football Referees Association requires interested participants to complete the online Laws of the Game Quiz and successfully complete the FFA accredited, Level 4 Practical Course.

Pre-requisites to becoming a referee with the SSFRA:

  • You must be 14 years of age at the start of the local football season.

  • If you are over 18, you must complete and provide a full WWC check

  • You must bring a positive attitude, a passion for football and a commitment to ongoing learning and training

Step 1 - Completing the Laws of the Game Certificate

This is a free online course provided by the Football Australia. You will be required to present your LOTG Certificate when you attend the Level 4 Practical Course (see Step 2)

Important Note: The online course will take approximately 60-90 minutes to complete and involves a series of quizzes design to test your understanding of the Laws of the Game. Some of these laws of the game have  been updated by IFAB and therefore we will explore these changes during the Level 4 Practical Course. 
If you get a question wrong during the quiz, you will have the opportunity to resit the quiz until you complete the requirements of each law. If you are unsure or have any questions about the Laws of the Game, make a note of your questions and bring them along to the Level 4 Practical Course.

Remember: Print and save your certificate as you will need to provide this at a later date. 

Step 2 - Complete the theretical components of the Level 4 Certificate Online

Attend and successfully complete the 'Referee Level 4' course, offered online by Football NSW. This is an FFA accredited course, offered by the Refereeing Department at Football NSW and is designed to take the theory you learnt during the Laws of the Game certificate and applies this in the context of basic refereeing principles. 

FNSW offer this course online and there is a fee applicable to completing this certificate. 

Step 3 - Complete the practical training 

Attend a half day practical training session that is provided by the Sutherland Shire Football Referee's Association. This training session will introduce you to refereeing in Sutherland and delivers an important induction session that covers important details such as getting paid, your availability, process and procedures. Following the induction, the session moves outdoors to introduce new referees to important practical training. 

 Details about this session will be finalised and communicated closer to the commencement of the upcoming football season.  

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