Become a Referee

How would you like the best "seat" in the house?

Why become a referee?
  • A great way to keep fit.
  • Love the game and no longer play.
  • A casual job where you get paid twice a month (more frequently than some other employers)
  • Love the game and still want to play.
ESFA is always looking for more referees as we have more matches than available referees.

How do you become a referee?

1. Laws of the Game

The first step is to complete the Laws of the Game online learning module.  It's free.
The module takes you through the Laws (1 to 17) and gives you a basic introduction of the laws of football.
While the module is primarily aimed at those who want to become a referee, it is also a valuable learning tool for coaches, parents and players who simply want to gain a better understanding of the Laws of the Game.

Click here to register.

2. Level 4 Referee Course

After you complete the Laws of the Game you can register for a Level 4 Referee course.
These are normally run during the months leading up to the season - February and March - and include dedicated courses for juniors and seniors.
The courses include practical and classroom sessions.
The following courses have been scheduled for 2019:

Sunday 17 February (open to juniors and seniors)  Click here for details and registration.

Saturday 23 February (for 18 years and over)  Click here for details and registration.

Sunday 3 March (for 17 years and under only)  Click here for details and registration.

3. Register as an Active Referee

After completing the Level 4 Referee course you need to join ESFA as a referee.  This will include you receiving your uniform, flags, notebook and cards.  It also allows you to be appointed to matches locally within the Eastern Suburbs.
Information about how to register will be provided to you after you have completed the Level 4 Referee course.

4. Time to get onto the field

For more information check the About ESFA Referees page or contact ESFA by emailing

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