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United by a love of the game


Capital Football Referees are made up of people from all walks of life united by a love of the game. There are around 600 referees in the Canberra region who referee senior and junior football and the futsal competitions. Canberra referees enjoy a wide range of educational and social events, giving them the chance to not only make new friends but develop their refereeing skills.


  • Do you want to earn money and keep fit at the same time?
  • Do you want to give back to the football community?
  • Do you want to be challenged physically and mentally?

These are some of the great benefits and opportunities of taking up the whistle!

Capital Football understands refereeing can be a challenging task and is dedicated to making your introduction to refereeing as simple and rewarding as possible.

Follow these three simple steps and you will be on your way to being a match official!

  1. Register for an Entry-Level course
    Choose between completing the Game Leader Course or the Level 4 Referee course. You must be 13 to register for an entry-level course.
  2. Attend the course
    If you can’t attend the original course you registered for, we can move you to another course.
  3. Register as a Match Official on PlayFootball
    After completing the course, you will need to register as a match official with ‘Capital Football Referees’ and select the club you would like to referee for.

Become a Referee or Game Leader now by registering in one of our entry-level courses.

INTERSTATE REFEREE


Are you a qualified referee moving to Canberra? Continue your refereeing career with Capital Football Referees.

If you hold a valid match official qualification you can transfer and register with Capital Football. Before you are eligible to register with Capital Football, you must request a Clearance Letter from your referee branch, association or member federation.

The clearance letter should outline that:

  1. You have been registered with the current branch, association or member federation two out of the last four years;
  2. Your accreditation is valid;
  3. Your refereeing experience; and
  4. You do not have any outstanding financial or disciplinary commitments to your current registered branch, association or member federation.

Please email your Clearance Letter to Adam Powers

Upon receiving your clearance letter, you will be advised to register as a New Senior Referee or New Junior Referee

If you are a senior referee transferring to the ACT, you will need to apply for a Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) card. The WWVP card is free as a volunteer and can be completed here.

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