The pathway to becoming a qualified football referee with the Sutherland Shire Football Referees Association consists of meeting the requirements of an online quiz and a half day training course.
Regardless of your fitness levels, and/or knowledge of the game, our only request when you become a referee is that you bring a passion for football, a positive attitude towards volunteering and a commitment to continued learning. Refereeing truly relies upon honest self-reflection, which we use to develop and learn from a multitude of in-game experiences.
The SSFRA does have a minimum age requirement that all members be 14 years of age at the start of the local football season. In addition, participants over the age of 18 years should familiarise themselves with the Working with Children Policy before undertaking this course.
If you are looking to make the right decision and become a football referee in 2019, you will need to follow these steps:
Step 1 - Complete Laws of the Game Certificate
This is a free online course which is provided by the Football Federation of Australia (FFA). The course will take you through the Laws of the Game and help you understand how to interpret these laws. Upon the successful completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of completion which is required to enroll into the Level 4 Practical Certificate.
Whilst completing the online course, if you have any questions about the laws of the game or the course itself, we encourage you to contact our Development Officer via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will provide assistance as required.
Important 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 were 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- Level 4 Practical Certificate
You are required to attend and successfully complete your Level 4 Practical Certificate, before we can accept your registration as an active referee. This is a FFA accredited course, run by the SSFRA and will take you through a range of techniques to introduce you to refereeing your first game. In 2019 we will be offering this course over 4 dates, click on the date that suits you to enrol:
All courses are held at the offices of the SSFA:
Harrie Dening Football Centre
Kareela NSW 2232
At the completion of your Level 4 Practical Certificate, we will take you through the registration process and complete your enrolment to becoming an active member with the Sutherland Shire Football Referees Association.
Note: You are required to only attend the course on one of these dates.
What are the costs to becoming a Referee?
In 2019, SSFRA has two packages available for new referees:
New Cadet Referee* - $160.00
New Adult Referee - $200.00
All packages include your course fees, a registration fee, Football NSW and FFA affiliation fees as well as your uniform (Black Shirt, Shorts, Socks) and basic equipment required to referee (whistle, cards, notebook). Additional 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 2019.
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.
Football NSW - Working With Children Check Policy
Since the 2018 season, it has been a requirement of FNSW that all Referees and other persons in child related roles working with children under 18 years obtain a WWCC and provide their club / association with a valid WWC number.
This requirement will continue in 2019 and beyond and subsequently, to complete your registration you must have a valid PAID WWCC. Note: A WWC number ending in V is not sufficient.
Whilst it is not a requirement to have your WWCC completed to attend the Level 4 Course, you will not be able to complete your registration form, and referee with us if you cannot supply this information. The only exemption to this requirement is if you are under 18 years old, where the check is not required.
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 2019, please contact our Development Officer at email@example.com