NCF Match Officials

Match Officials are a vital part of the worldwide football landscape. From grassroots football right through to the A-League, we encourage and thank the thousands of match officials working every match day across Australia to ensure that players are safe, playing by the rules and most importantly enjoying their football experience.

Information for existing match officials

NCF referees information 

NCF referees contact

  • Match Officials Coordinator: David Horseman referees: Email
  • Referees Development Officer: Marty Gadd: Email

Become a match official

To become a referee, you must be at least 13 years of age.

And you have to do four things…

  1. Let our Match Officials Coordinator, David Horseman, know you’re interested: Email
  2. Do the FFA Online Laws of the Game course. Click here: Link
  3. Do the Northern NSW Football Online Level 4 Referees Course. Email us below and we will get you the details.
  4. Do the practical course in Coffs Harbour or Grafton.
  5. Pay your fees and get everything you need to get on the pitch with a whistle in hand.

The FFA Online Laws of the Game Course provides a basic introduction to the Laws of the Game and their interpretation. To successfully complete the course, a participant needs to pass the online examination and print their Statement of Completion Certificate.

The Level 4 Referee Course provides participants with education and training to become a referee. It can be undertaken online consisting of theory modules and practical sessions on a pitch to enable referees to begin officiating.

What you get

All new referees who pay their fees to undertake the Level 4 Referee Course will receive all of the following, under the NNSWF New Referee Starter Package:

  • Level 4 Referee Course and Materials
  • Laws of the Game Book
  • Referee Whistle
  • Assistant Referee Flag
  • Red and Yellow Card Set
  • Referee Notebook

Upon completing their accreditation and registering on Play Football as a referee with NNSWF or one of its member zones:

  • Black Refereeing Shirt, Shorts and Socks
  • Full Referee Registration for Your First Year

Updated: 19 March 2021