As part of the MWFA’s requirements, all senior men’s teams AL2’s and below, O35 and O45 must provide 2 qualified referees. To do this you can undertake a course with the MWFRA. In addition to meeting the MWFA requirements, as a team referee you also get the opportunity to improve the standard of local football, improve your fitness, and get paid. The MWFA pays all the fees associated with becoming a team referee for up to two people per team.

L4 Referee Course for 2021

The MWFRA are pleased to announce that they will be holding a final Team Referee Level 4 course in 2021.

Steps to Apply – Team Referee

Step 1. Register with the MWFRA

Log onto PlayFootball, click on ‘Coaches, Referees & Volunteers’, enter  Manly Warringah Football Referees Association ( as the “club”), click on the box.  Sign in using your player log in details and select the following package: 03. MWFRA New Team Referee Registration & Course. This must be completed prior to attending the course. There is no cost.

Step 2. Obtain the FFA’s free online Laws of the Game Certificate.

This certificate can be obtained by creating an account, completing the interactive Laws of the Game workbook and passing an online multiple choice examination here: Laws of the Game | Play Football

After you have done this, save a copy of the certificate and forward to [email protected]. This must be completed 48 hours before the course.

Step 3. Register for the following courses. 

Date:  Sunday 11th July

Venue: TBA

Registration: Click HERE

Further information will be sent upon registration.


I was told that I don’t have to pay the course fee. Why has the system created an invoice/says I need to pay $100?

The course cost for team referees is paid by the MWFA. Please ignore the fee.

I have refereed previously. Do I need to recomplete the course?

To be a team referee you need a current FFA approved referee accreditation. FFA Accreditation continues for 5 calendar years from the year you first completed the course. You must have officiated at 20 games in those 5 calendar years for your accreditation to remain valid (ie 20 games in 5 years, not 20 games per year).  If your qualification is not current, you will need to complete the course again. Note that depending on past experience, you may be able to complete an advanced course rather than recompleting the Level 4. Contact [email protected] for more details.

Do I get paid as a team referee?

Yes! As a guide, in 2021 the fee for a standard senior mens match was $56.70.


Please don’t hesitate to contact Robert Iacono by emailing [email protected] with any questions about becoming a referee with the MWFRA.