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Become a Football Referee in 2020

January 14, 2020

The pathway to becoming a qualified football referee with the Sutherland Shire Football Referees Association is as simple as successfully completing an online Laws of the Game Quiz as well as completing the requirements set out in the FFA accredited, Level 4 Practical Certificate (a half day practical training session). 


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 will be required to complete the full WWC check (see below)

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

Step 1 - Complete Laws of the Game Certificate

This is a free online course provided by the Football Federation of Australia (FFA). Upon the successful completion of this course, save a copy of your LOTG Certificate, and register for one of the three Level 4 Practical Courses via 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 recently been updated and thus 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 (see below). 



Step 2- Level 4 Practical Course

Attend and successfully complete your Level 4 Practical Certificate. This is an FFA accredited course, run by the SSFRA and takes you through the preliminary requirements to getting you informed and ready to referee your first game of football. In 2020 we will be offering this course on the following dates:


Update: The courses held on Saturday 29 February is now full and a waitlist is available

for the course on Sunday 8 March, to join the waitlist 

please email: recruitment@ssfra.org.au



Course Information

All courses are held from 8.30am to approximately 2.30pm at the offices of the Sutherland Shire Football Association, as follows: 


Harrie Denning Football Centre
Bates Drive
Kareela NSW 2232 


Registered participants will be contacted closer to the course date, with further information regarding the registration process. You must be enrolled into the course in order to attend as numbers are limited. All participants must have completed the LOTG Certificate.


If you are no longer able to attend your registered course, please email recruitment@ssfra.org.au at your earliest convenience. 


Other Considerations & FAQ's 



What are the costs to becoming a Referee?

In 2020, the following charges will apply for New Referees: 


New Cadet Referee* - $160.00
New Adult Referee - $200.00


All packages include your course fee, a registration fee (which is to cover the affiliation fees charged by Football NSW and FFA) as well as your uniform (a black shirt, shorts, socks) and basic equipment required to referee (whistle, cards, notebook). Additional optional uniform and equipment may be purchased on the day.


*For the purposes of Registration, a cadet referee is defined as being under the age of 18 years as of 1 January 2020



Other costs to be considered for before becoming a referee? 

Referees will be required to source their own watch with stopwatch functionality, this is a cost that will be at their own expense. (A stopwatch is not required for attending the course). Whilst a mobile phone offers a stopwatch functionality, this is not an acceptable device for keeping time as a referee.  


Participants 18 years and over should also note a full WWC Check is required to become a referee. This comes at a cost to the participant, see below for further details. 



What do I need to bring on the day of the course? 

It is recommended participants bring: 

  • Comfortable shoes and running attire (whilst we won’t be running, there will be components of the course which we will do outdoors) 

  • Water and snacks to keep you focused 

  • Writing Material (pens or pencils)

  • A positive attitude 



What if I complete this course but do not register with SSFRA?

If you intend to complete your FFA Level 4 Certificate but not register with the Sutherland Shire Football Referee's Association, a charge of $60.00 is applicable for completing this accreditation. This fee can be paid on the day by cash or credit card. 



For those participants Under 18 

The opening 30 minutes of the Level 4 Course will explore expectations, what its like to referee, our protocols and briefly touch on procedures within the Sutherland Shire Football Referees Association. It is recommended that parents and/or guardians of participants under 18 attend this opening session to ensure there are no surprises upon the commencement of the season.  



Football NSW - Working With Children Check Policy 
Since the 2018 season, it has been a requirement of FNSW that all Match Officials and other persons who work with children under 18 years obtain a WWCC and provide their club / association with a valid WWC number.


This requirement will continue in 2020 and beyond. To complete your registration to become a member of the SSFRA, you must provide the full [paid] WWC Check. Note: A WWC number ending in V is no longer sufficient.


Whilst it is not a requirement to have your WWC Check completed in order to attend the Level 4 Course, we recommend you undertake this check at your soonest convenience as you will not be appointed to a game until we have received this information from you.


The only exemption to this requirement is if you are under 18 years old, where the check is not required. However, those members/participants who are 17 year olds, and turn 18 during the season should note, a valid WWCC is required the moment you turn 18.


To learn more about the WWCC, please click here




If you are still unsure or if you have any questions relating to how to become a referee in 2020, please contact our Recruitment Officer at recruitment@ssfra.org.au 


Note: If you are under the age of 14 at the beginning of the season and still want to referee, we recommend you contact your local club to develop your skills in officiating small sided games, which is a great stepping stone for young referees toward becoming fully qualified. 





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