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How Do I Become a Referee?

If you are 13 years of age or over, you can become a Football Referee.


In 2024, the training process to become a referee has changed and involves the 3 steps. 


Before you commence your online training it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the simplified Laws of the Games. The Simplified Laws can be found at .

Step 1:  Complete C0 Course "Laws of the Game" Course   Cost $0

This course provides a basic introduction to the Laws of the Game and their interpretation.  After successfully completing the course you will receive a certificate which will then allow you to move on to the next online training module.

1. Module 1 - Components & equipment

2. Module 2 - Participants

3. Module 3 - Game Events

4. Module 4 - Offences & Sanctions

5. Module 5 - Temporary Dismissals (Sin Bin)

6. Module 6 - Additional Information

To access the Laws of the Game course follow the following link:

You will need your Playfootball login details. If you have never previously registered as a player or referee, you will need to set up a new playfootball account.

Step 2: Complete C3 "Junior Football Match Official"  Online Course Cost $33

Log into the learning centre as per Step 1 and go to the Training Library and view the Courses in the Referee Community-Member Federation section. Select the Junior Football Match Official Course and complete your course registration and then you will be provided with access to the online training modules.

There are 4 online theory modules to complete. 

Match Control - understanding our impact on the game

Positioning Movement - the best position for the correct decision

Technical Concepts - C0 course and considerations

Game Management - managing a match with football understanding

When you have completed the Online Training Modules you will be able to move onto Step 3 and register for one of the In Person Practical Training Sessions.

 Step 3:  Attend C3 " Junior Football Match Official" In Person Event  Cost $0

Orange Referees will running 2 Practical Training sessions, you only need to register for and attend one of the sessions.  The Practical sessions will be held on the following dates:

Monday 10th June 2024, 4pm to 6pm.

To enrol for this session, click on the following link,,

Enter FNSW - Orange and District Football Association and hit search and then select the course on 10 June and follow the steps to enrol.

Step 4: Register with Orange Referees

When you have finished all your training you are then eligible to join Orange Referees and begin your refereeing journey.

Details about how to register can be found on the Referee Registration page.

If you have any questions about becoming a Football Referee please do not hesitate to contact me.

Andrew Cooper

Branch Coach

0421 014 373

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