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Become a Football Referee

Follow these few simple steps and you will be on your way to becoming a Football Referee and Assistant Referee:

  1. Register for a Referee Level 4 Course (Part A) and a Training session (Part B)
  2. Complete FFA’s online Laws of the Game course and send your certificate to
  3. Attend the course and the training session
  4. Register on PlayFootball
  5. Start Refereeing!

Referee Level 4 (RL4) Course

This course certifies anyone aged 14 and above to referee full-field football matches. It is a great way to become involved or stay involved in community football as well as:

  • develop leadership skills;
  • improve self-confidence;
  • develop communication skills; and
  • earn from $28 per game!

Part A of the Referee Level 4 course consists of 3x 90 minute online theory sessions. Part B of the course involves attending 1x 2-hour training session, providing you with the practical skills required of a Referee and Assistant Referee.

Capital Football will communicate the details of the training sessions scheduled in June and August by the end of April (or earlier), once the venues have been confirmed.

Before attending the course, you must complete FFA’s online Laws of the Game course and send your certificate to Capital Football’s Referee Administration Manager. The online training module provides a basic introduction to the Laws of the Game and their interpretations which will prepare you for the Referee Level 4 course.

Capital Football recommends that anyone aged 13 gains experience as a Game Leader for 1 year before deciding to undertake the Referee Level 4 course.

Female RL4 Course

The first Referee Level 4 course of 2021 will be exclusive to female participants. Unlike the other scheduled courses, this course will be conducted face-2-face in a classroom.

There will be no cost for this course, which includes a ticket to the Westfield W-League Canberra United vs Melbourne Victory match immediately after the course.

Participants will attend the 6-hour course at the Canberra Southern Cross Club – Tuggeranong before moving to Viking Park to watch Capital Football’s W-League referees officiate the W-League match. Experienced CF referees will join participants to explain the match events as they unfold.

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