Become a football referee

If you're aged 13 or above find out how to become a referee

If you're aged 13 or above find out how to become a referee

Northern NSW Football is continuing its $100 'Referee Starter Pack' to attract more match officials to the game.

After the success of its 2019 program, Northern NSW Football has committed to encouraging more young and experienced players as well as volunteers to become match officials by offering the $100 'on-the-pitch' pack.

The 'Starter Pack' was initially introduced following NNSWF identifying costs as a major barrier for potential referees.

In collaboration with Football Federation Australia, its seven local member zones and Umbro it is again supporting the all-inclusive and heavily-subsidised starter package for first-time referees.

NNSWF CEO David Eland said he was delighted to continue the Starter Pack for 2020 and is confident it will continue to encourage more of the football community to becoming a match official.

"With football being Australia's number one participation-based sport, it is vital for us to have enough match officials on the park to officiate the ever-increasing fixtures," Eland said.

"The referee starter pack is perfect for those who want to give back to the game of football or players still studying at school."

"There's never been a better time to come on board as a match official - with this significant saving and the experience you can gain, you will be putting yourself in the right direction financially and employability through the skills you learn," said Eland.

Each $100 Referee Starter Pack includes:

  • Enrolment in Level 4 Referee Course
  • Laws of the Game Book
  • Referee Whistle
  • Assistant Referee Flag
  • Umbro Match Official Shirt (Black)
  • Umbro Match Official Shorts (Black)
  • Umbro Socks (Black)
  • Set of Red and Yellow Cards
  • Match Record Book
  • NNSWF Match Official Registration Fee for the first season
  • Member Zone Match Official Registration Fee for the first season

If you're aged 13 or above find out how to become a referee and find a Level 4 course near you by visiting our Referee Headquarters.

Courses are running in Coffs Harbour and Kempsey.

If there isn't a course in your area, please send an expression of interest to and NNSWF will contact you when a course is scheduled.

Why become a referee?

Earn money while staying active and doing something you enjoy

Stay involved in the game beyond playing

Gain further knowledge and understanding of the game

Meet new people with similar interests

Build your communication, teamwork and decision-making skills

Potentially be involved in the game at the highest level - officiate in the Hyundai A-League or Westfield W-League or even with FIFA.

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