Referees

Football needs referees

April 4th, 2022

North Coast Football is putting out the call for referees as the code prepares for its biggest year ever.

Registrations for football in 2022 are expected to be at or near-record level. In May, six-a-side competitions will commence on the new synthetic pitches at the Coffs Football Centre, increasing demand even further.

Football is the biggest sport on the north coast, with over 5,000 players. Despite the size of the sport, the game has less than one hundred referees to officiate matches for people aged 12 and above.

North Coast Football is working with clubs to identify new junior and senior referees.

Current and former players, parents and fans of the game have been identified as potential referees.

Clubs have the opportunity to sponsor new referees and work with administrators to support and encourage them as they start their life as a match official.

To become a referee, trainees do online coursework and an in-person training session. Applicants then sit for a test, and if they pass, they’ll be on the pitch immediately.

Senior referees have the potential to earn several thousand dollars a year, while juniors can pocket several hundred dollars and more annually.

Courses are planned for early May. People interested should visit: www.ncf.link/refereeing

Comments by Andrew Woodward, General Manager, North Coast Football.

Refereeing is a great way to get paid, keep fit and have fun.

You’re also at the centre of the action and have the best view of the game.

Referees are as crucial as coaches, clubs and committees when it comes to their standing in the game.

Match officials are a pillar of the game. They are central to the integrity of matches, the enjoyment of players, coaches and spectators and the delivery of quality matches.

We will grow the 11-a-side game with massive opportunities in the female area in the years ahead.

We also have the new synthetic fields at the Coffs Football Centre, which we’re using to deliver six-a-side football from May and other formats in the months and years ahead.

We need more referees, and we have the structures to support them through their introduction to the game.

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