The ESFA Referees Branch had its inaugural season in 2009 as an independent sub-committee of ESFA and has now grown to over 165 members. Match coverage has been an average of 85% during seasons 2017 and 2018.
The Branch is continually looking to expand its membership base and will be holding courses in February and March 2020 for anybody who wishes to become a referee in the Eastern Suburbs. These courses will be listed below once dates and venues have been confirmed. Scheduled courses can also be found on the Play Football website.
To attend a Level 4 Course you must be turning 14 in 2020 and have completed the FFA Laws Of The Game online.
By completing a referee course with the Branch you will obtain a Level 4 Referee certificate. This is just the first step in becoming a FIFA referee and the Branch aims to provide as many referees as possible with the opportunity to referee the highest possible competitions within ESFA and Football NSW.
The Branch holds monthly meetings, fitness sessions, technical sessions and Assessors are allowing us to provide quality as well as quantity and assist our referees with continual education and skill training.
Information about career pathways and professional development of match officials in Australia can be found in the FFA Australian Officiating Development Schedule.
The FFA's Level 4 Referee course is a requirement to become a qualified referee. As a referee, you will learn the FIFA Laws of the Game, earn some money and have an exciting career opportunity in sport!
If you are a player or coach you can still be involved with your team as well as refereeing on weekends.
Courses for early 2020 have been scheduled and are listed on the Referees > Become a Referee page as well as on the PlayFootball website.
Please be reminded that you must be turning 14 (or older) in 2020 to attend one of these courses.
Seniors and juniors are all welcome. Senior male and female referees in particular are highly sought after.
Before attending the course you need to undertake the online FFA Laws Of The Game training module and bring your certificate to the course.
Please note that the name on the certificate must be the same as the name used when registering for the course.