Become a Referee

Want to get fit? Want to earn some extra money? Want to learn the rules of the game? Then the Townsville Touch Referees Association NEEDS YOU!

Referees play an integral role with all Touch Football competitions, ensuring our game is played in a fair, safe and enjoyable environment for all particpants.  Love them or loathe them, there would be no games without them.

While it's not for everyone, refereeing is an extremely rewarding experience for many people. Referees are considered some of Touch Football's most dedicated and highly regarded participants.

The Townsville Touch Referees Association pays referees for giving up their time to officiate over matches during the season and for some it can be very rewarding.

If you require more information, please contact Paul Edmondson 0418 752 598 or Jan Wilson 0417 003 464.

New referees are always welcome.

We recommend that all referees attend at least a Level One Referee sport education course. For more information, see below.

Becoming Accredited

Apart from being paid to referee, attending a referees course is a great way to learn the rules of Touch Football, and can aid players in their understanding of the game.

If you referee more than three (3) games in a season, you should consider attending the four (4) hour Level One Referee course to gain formal accreditaiton as a referee.

Becoming accreditated is easy and is done and two parts:

  1. Completion of an online coaching course through the Australian Sports Commission; and
  2. Completion of the Touch Football Australia Level 1 Referee course.

» To find out more about becoming an accredited Touch Football Referee, see below.

Step One: The Online Officiating Course

The Australian Sports Commission's Introductory Level Officiating General Principles online course has been developed to assist officials in learning the basic skills they will need to officiate effectively.

The online course is initially available free of charge to Australian officials.

The course contains three modules, which cover a range of general officiating topics, including ethical responsibilities of officials, preparation for officiating, safety, communication, dealing with conflict and people management. The course takes approximately four hours to complete, and there is assessment included within the course. Officials have six months to complete the course after they register.

It all starts with an online coaching course through the Australian Sports Commission:

» Click here to find out more!

Step Two: The TFA Level 1 Referee course

To acheive accreditation as a Touch Football Referee, your next step is to attend and complete a Level 1 Referee course workshop, presented by one of our experienced referees.

The workshop runs for four hours and is strongly focused on practical learning. Participants will cover several topics including:

  • Rules Overview and Officials Code of Ethics
  • Whistle Technique and Signals
  • Referee Positioning
  • Touch Football Australia Policies and Procedures

The next step starts by registering to attend a Level 1 Referee course:


» Take the plunge, become an accredited Touch Football referee today!

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