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Referee Development and Training

FFA supports the continuous professional development of all active match officials. The Australian Officiating Development Schedule (AODS) outlines the training programs and classifications of referees, assessors and instructors.

All courses (excluding the Laws of the Game and Futsal Laws of the Game courses) are accredited under the Australian Sports Commission’s National Officiating Accreditation Scheme.

Most courses include Laws of the Game assessments/examinations (excluding Level 4 Referee and Level 3 Futsal Referee). These examinations include written and multiple choice questions and video incidents.

If you are interested in becoming a referee you can go to MyFootballClub to search for courses in your local area.

Qualification and Revalidation

Participants of FFA Referee, Assessor and Instructor courses receive a qualification for a period of 4 years.  All qualifications expire on 31 December.

For example if accreditation is gained on 20 July 2014 then the accreditation expires on 31 December 2018.

Who is responsible for revalidating my qualification?

It is the responsibility of the individual match official to be aware of the expiry date of your qualification.  If you do not revalidate the qualification during the final valid year of the qualification you may need to undertake and pass the course again.

How do I revalidate my qualification?

  • Be deemed competent competent to officiate by the referee organisation you are registered with;
  • Be actively involved as a match official;
  • Pass Laws of the Game examinations (excluding Level 4 Referees)

Active officials who wish to revalidate their qualification need to ensure they discuss this with the referee organisation that you are registered with.

Referees

There are four levels of referee from Level 4 (the entry point) to Level 1 (the highest).

·   Level 4 Referee - aimed at referees of junior and youth matches.

·   Level 3 Referee - aimed at referees of junior to lower levels of adult matches.  We encourage all Level 4 referees to do this course within the first two years of starting their referee career.

·   Level 2 Referee - aimed at referees of junior to senior adult levels matches.

·   Level 1 Referee - aimed at referees of top-level state or national level matches.

Before registering for a Level 4 Referee course you need to complete the online Laws of the Game module - laws.myfootballclub.com.au.

If you are a Level 3 referee you can undertake the Level 2 (Theory) course and then decide if you wish to undertake the practical assessments to gain the ‘full’ Level 2 Referee qualification.

Go to MyFootballClub to search for courses in your local area.

Futsal Referees

To become a Futsal referee you need to undertake both the Futsal Laws of the Game and Futsal Level 3 Referee courses.

These are normally conducted over two days.

Go to MyFootballClub to search for courses in your local area.

Referee Assesors

There are three levels of FFA Referee Assessors.

·   Level 3 Assessor - aimed at coaching referees of junior, youth and lower levels of adult matches (i.e. Level 4 or Level 3 Referees).

·   Level 2 Assessor - aimed at coaching referees of junior to senior adult levels matches (i.e. Level 4, 3 or Level 2 Referees).

·   Level 1 Assessor - aimed at coaching referees of top-level state or national level matches (i.e. Level 1 Referees).

Go to MyFootballClub to search for courses in your local area.

Referee Instructors

There are two levels of FFA Referee Instructors (i.e. course instructors).

·   Level 3 Instructors deliver Level 4 and Level 3 Referee courses..

·   Level 2 Instructors deliver Level 4, 3 and 2 Referee courses as well as Level 3 and 2 Assessor and Level 3 Instructor courses.

Go to MyFootballClub to search for courses in your local area.