Referees can undertake a number of courses to upgrade their accreditation. The FFA Level 4 Referee Accreditation received on completion of the entry level course is only the beginning of the theoretical training for referees interested in improving their refereeing knowledge and ability.

In addition to the Level 4 Accreditation, there are five further referee accreditation levels: Level 3; Level 2 (Theory only); Level 2 (Theory and Practical); Level 1 (Theory only); and Level 1 (Theory and Practical).

To successfully earn any of these accreditation’s, candidates must pass a written test and, if applicable, pass at least one field examination, as well as complete any other stipulated requirements.

Courses to achieve levels of referee accreditation beyond that of Level 3 are conducted by and through FNSW and FFA, which take place in locations across the Sydney metropolitan area.


In 2021 the MWFRA are running 2 advanced courses. Both are free for MWFRA members and $60 for members of other associations.

The Level 3 Referee course is for referees who hold a current L4 accreditation, who have least two years refereeing experience and are at least 16 years old at the time of the course. It will be held on Saturday 27th March.

Click here to sign up for the L3 Referee Course.

Becoming a L3 referee requires the referee to pass the L3 Theory test held at the end of the course and to be assessed on a high level senior competition game. Typically this assessment will be done on an 18/1 or AL1 competition game. Assessment as an Assistant Referee and successfully completing the Fitness Test may also be a requirement.

The Level 3 Referee Assessors course is for referees with a Level 3 Referee qualification who want to become an assessor or improve their skills. A date for the L3  Referee Assessors Course will be advised shortly.

Contact Robert Iacono by emailing [email protected] for more information.

No Cost to Upgrade Accreditation

In line with national and state refereeing priorities, the MWFRA not only encourages but actively supports members who wish to achieve higher levels of accreditation and improve their overall refereeing knowledge and ability.

Towards this end, the MWFRA will cover the course fees of any member who undertakes a higher level accreditation course, whether the course be held internally (i.e. run by the MWFRA) or externally (i.e. run by other local branches, FNSW or FFA.) Referees must pass the course to be eligible for reimbursement of fees.

Please contact Robert Iacono at [email protected] with any questions or to express interest in completing an advanced course in 2020.


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