2018 Referee Entry Courses

Update (18/02/2018): You do not need to email me your LotG certificate in advance of the course, however you must bring it on the day if you have not already sent it to me.

Update (10/2/2018): Note payment is by bank transfer to the MWFRA’s bank account (Account name: MWFRA; BSB: 082-132; Account No.: 509331099). Please include ‘L4’, the referee’s surname, and invoice number (or as many digits as will fit) in the description.

Thank you for considering refereeing with the MWFRA in 2018. We are very keen to have you on board and look forward to seeing you around the grounds shortly. To become a referee you must complete the FFA Level 4 Referee course which the MWFRA are running in Februrary and March 2018. Please be aware that places in courses are limited and regularly fill up so we encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Note that all prospective junior, senior and team referees must complete different steps in order to be accepted to undertake the entry level course. Please read the Information for your referee category AND the ‘Steps to Register’ sections before registering.

Information for Prospective Junior Referees

The MWFRA caps the number of prospective junior referees permitted to register in order to ensure adequate opportunities for all of these referees during the season. Please you ensure that you register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Junior referees are referees who will be at least 14 on December 31 2018 and younger than 19 on 31 December 2018.

The course costs $189.50 for junior referees and includes uniform, a whisle, notebook, red/yellow cards, a flag, course materials, and a laws of the game book. This also includes your 2018 referee registration.

Junior referees are expected to be available to referee most weekends during the season and ideally Friday nights and either Saturdays (for referees who play on Sundays) or Sundays (for referees who play on Saturday). Although we try to appoint referees to games on the same morning that they play, this is not always possible.

Information for Prospective Senior Referees

For the purposes of entry course registration, senior referees are referees who will be older than 18 at 31 December 2018 and are not also team referees.

The course costs $189.50 for senior referees and includes uniform, a flag, a whisle, notebook, red/yellow cards, course materials, and a laws of the game book. This also includes your 2018 referee registration.

Following Football NSW’s decision to require referees to obtain a Working With Children Check (WWCC), referees who are over 18 (excluding team referees who will only undertake team referee duties) must sucessfully obtain and provide the MWFRA with their paid WWCC number by 30 June 2018. This costs $80 and lasts for 5 years. More information and the application form can be found HERE.

Information for Prospective Team Referees

Many senior MWFA teams are responsible for providing at least two referees called team referees. The MWFA fully subsidises the cost of becoming a referee for two team referees in each eligible team. Any additional team referees must pay the full course fees for senior referees.

After registering for a course on myfootballclub, team referees who are eligible for the subsidy must email courses@mwfra.org.au stating:

  1. Their nomination as a team referee
  2. Their nominating team (if known) and club

After their eligibility is checked by the MWFRA, the prospective referee will receive an email stating whether or not they are provisional eligibility for the subsidy. Referees who are eligible will not have to pay any course fees, referees who are ineligible will have to pay course fees.

A reconciliation will take place at the end of April and any person who is found not to have been eligible for the MWFA full subsidy (even if previously advised to have been been provisionally eligible and in receipt of the MWFA full subsidy) will be responsible for paying the full cost of the course.

Steps to Register

Step 1. Register on MyFootballClub and pay the course cost

The first step is to register a place in an entry level course on MyFootballClub by clicking on the links below. Courses are held at the Cromer Park Clubhouse from 9am to 4 pm. Please register using the FFA number you use as a player (if relevant).

Junior referees can only register for the courses held on:

Senior and team referees can only register for the courses held on:

Refeeres must only attend courses that they are eligible for unless they obtain prior permission from Ethan Ryan by emailing courses@mwfra.org.au.

Referees should select the option to ‘pay later’ when registering. You should receive an email confirmation once you have submitted your registration.

Step 2. Pay course fees (excluding team referees) and send evidence

Junior and senior referees (not team referees) must pay $189.50 for course costs by direct deposit to the MWFRA’s bank account (Account name: MWFRA; BSB: 082-132; Account No.: 509331099) with ‘L4’, the referee’s surname, and invoice number in the description.

Evidence of payment (e.g. a receipt from your bank) must be sent to Ethan Ryan at courses@mwfra.org.au at least 48 hours before the course start time. This means 9am on Thursday morning for Saturday courses and 9am on Friday morning for Sunday courses. If evidence of payment is not provided by this deadline your position may be given to another eligible referee.

Step 3. Obtain the Laws of the Game Certificate and send to course coordinator

The third step is to obtain the FFA Laws of the Game Certificate.

This certificate can be obtained by creating an account acompleting the interactive Laws of the Game workbook and passing an online multiple choice examination at the FFA Laws of the Game website.

Please bring a hard or soft copy of your certificate to the course. However people do sometimes have issues and you have to wait 24 hours if you fail the exam on the first attempt so you are strongly encouraged to complete this early and seek help if nescessary.

If the Laws of the Game Certificate is not brought to the course you will not be allowed to pass the course.

Step 4. Provide evidence of team referee status (team referees only)

Team referees must also email courses@mwfra.org.au stating their nomination as a team referee and expected team and club 48 hours before their scheduled course start time.


Please email Ethan Ryan at courses@mwfra.org.au with any questions or if you notice a potential mistake on this page.