Hyundai A-League, Westfield W-League and Foxtel National Youth League Match Officials received a boost ahead of the coming seasons with Football Federation Australia today announcing that a revised Match Officials Agreement has been finalised.
The amendments to the standard Match Officials Agreement signify the first changes since Season 1 of the Hyundai A-League.
Some of the key upgrades to the agreement are:
• An average increase of 19 per cent to Match Fees across all competitions;
• Reimbursement of costs associated with the pre season medical test;
• Reimbursement of out of pocket medical expenses for injuries sustained in organised training (in addition to matches);
• Confirmation that FFA will maintain medical insurance cover to include injuries sustained in FFA organised training (in addition to matches).
Head of A-League Damien de Bohun said Match Officials remain extremely important for FFA. “It is important we constantly strive to improve management in all facets of the game, and Match Officials are an important focus for FFA,” de Bohun said.
“The new agreement is indicative of FFA’s commitment to investing in refereeing, which includes significantly enhanced resourcing for Match Officials. At the start of last season there were no full time employees dedicated to refereeing. Now we have a Referee’s Department with three full time staff members and one part time staff member, dedicated to providing increased coaching and administrative support to all Match Officials.
“I’d like to thank the Match Officials for the collaborative approach to finalising the standard Match Officials Agreement as we look forward to exciting seasons in the Hyundai A-league, Westfield W-League and Foxtel National Youth League.”