Levies

Levies

In addition to an annual membership fee, Active Members are required to contribute levies to enable the Branch to carry out its activities. These activities relate, in the main, directly to providing technical education, training, development, and assessment of members.

In loose terms, and on the current fee structure, levies collected for a whole season would still not break-even if every member were to receive our nominal target of minimum three assessments per active Referee.

Active members are required to pay a 10% levy on all gross match fees for regular season competition matches (First Grade, Reserve Grade, Under 20s and Under 18s) and cup matches (i.e. FFA Cup).

Levies are not payable on trial matches (including pre-season Cup matches) where less than full fees are paid, friendlies, Final Series, and other honour matches. Hyundai A-League and National Youth League are currently recognised as honour matches. 

Levies – Due Date

Levies are due on the first Friday of every month, for the month in arrears.

Levies – REsponsibility

It is the responsibility of each Member to keep an accurate record of all matches officiated on.

It is not the responsibility of the Management Committee to invoice members or to send an account by way of a list of matches.

Levies Statement

All active members must submit a monthly levies form regardless of whether you have officiated on cash games or not.

You will appreciate that appointments can change even as late as on match day, and we are not provided with a copy of the completed team sheets by Football NSW. It is your statement of account which will be used to verify any other data we may have been able to collect, such as the notification from referees on match day. Your statement is, therefore, a very important record.

A template can be found in the Attachments to this handbook, or on this website under Resources >> Members Handbook >> Forms.

Levies Statement – what does it achieve?

A levies statement should be submitted by ALL active referees and assessors.

For Referees and Assistant Referees this helps us keep track of the matches you have done, allows us to accurately bill Football NSW for Grade 20 matches and for travel allowance.

For Assessors it means we have the data to pay you accurately at the end of the season, and we can compile this data progressively. It is also a cross-check of the records held by the Convenor of Assessors.

For Referees and Assistant Referees it also helps us to collate details which may be able to be used in the case of claiming unpaid match fees.

For all members this also has the potential to enable us to assist you print data for your log books which you are all required to maintain under the Australian Officiating Development Schedules.

Collecting information each months allows us to compile data progressively through the year, rather than in a time consuming block at the end of the year.

Levies statements are much more important and much more useful than simply a method for billing!

Levies – Method of Payment

Levies on matches paid by Football NSW payroll are deducted automatically – members do not have to make separate payment. Refer section on Match Fees for list of matches covered in this manner.

Levies on matches paid by Football NSW through NSW SLFR will be deducted automatically – members do not have to make separate payment. Refer section on Match Fees for list of matches covered in this manner.

For the 2016 season the above methods cover all Premier League matches, and the second half of FFA Cup matches.

Payment of levies for all other matches are covered by the procedures described below.

Levies on matches where the fee is paid in cash on the day must be paid by the first Friday of the month following the match day and must be accompanied by the appropriate levy form.

Levies may be paid by the following means:

  1. Direct deposit to the Branch's bank account
  2. Cheque (made out to NSW State League Football Referees Inc)
  3. Money order (please remember to fill out the back with Name, Month, and “Levies”)
  4. Cash paid to the Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer.

Cheques and money orders sent through the post and postmarked later than the first Friday of the month will be deemed to be late.

Members are advised against reliance on paying cash (or cheque / money order) at the General Meeting since inability to attend the meeting at the last minute and failure to pay will mean your levies are deemed overdue.

Members are reminded that it is illegal to send cash through the mail.

Levies – Separation of Accounts

Levies balances will be maintained separately from other finances, for the sake of clarity, and for the sake of avoiding an unnecessarily complicated reconciliation.

That means that your levies cannot and will not be deducted from any match fees, travel allowance, or otherwise, that Football NSW may owe you (e.g. Premier League Grade 20 match fees).

The reason for this, other than being complicated, is that there are a different set of creditors involved: match fees are owed to you by Football NSW – we have simply been forced to be the vehicle for this transfer.

In the same way that you are waiting to receive this money from Football NSW, we are also waiting to receive your levies on those matches from Football NSW.

On the other hand your levies are directly between you and the Branch, and will be administered as such.

Levies – Late Payment

Members who are unfinancial are automatically suspended from the benefits of membership (which includes appointment to matches).

The Assistant Treasurer will provide list of outstanding levies at close of each General Meeting.

A reminder will be sent to these members, who at that point will be considered un-financial.

The Management Committee has resolved members whose levies remain unpaid after the second Friday of the month (i.e. one week late) be levied a fine of $20.

The Management Committee has resolved members whose levies remain unpaid after the third Friday of the month (i.e. two weeks late) be levied a fine of $50.

Members who are late with levies three times in a season will be invited to explain their actions before the Management Committee.

Levies – Difficulties

If you are experiencing difficulties in paying your levies, or indeed with any monies owing the Branch, please contact the Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, or any member of the Management Committee directly and confidentially.

We can, and do, always make arrangements in such circumstances – but we can’t make arrangements if you don’t contact us to ask us!

Making contact and arrangements in this way will save you from being recorded as late in paying.

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2018 Cocktails and Awards Night

2018 Cocktails and Awards Night

2018 Annual Seminar

2018 Annual Seminar

TSC Director and Senior Vice President Sandro Perticarini began the day’s proceedings by welcoming new members to the Premier Branch in Australia.  Sandro provided a brief background of the TSC’s vast refereeing experience and knowledge and explained the TSC projects and initiatives for 2018.  

He explained that the topics for the day were a result of the survey of referees conducted last year and encouraged members to participate in future surveys.

President Robert Colombo was up next and gave a hearty opening address welcoming all members, guests and presenters.

Physical Training Coordinator John Parker gave a brief overview of the current training schedule for 2018 and the state of the latest Fitness Tests of which two had already been conducted.

TSC member John Bowdler followed and conducted an excellent refresher presentation of the Changes to The Laws Of The Game with much group discussion being generated.  With IFAB having introduced several amendments and interpretations to the major changes in 2017.  These amendments will effective 2019 FNSW competitions and the information John provided was very helpful to members.

John Bowdler, in his role as FNSW Appointments Officer, gave a brief talk on Appointments for 2018 and asked members to update their status in "Horizon" (Appointments Scheduling Web Based System) as to their availability.  With trial games now in full swing and the NPL competition starting in early March John needs plenty of members to officiate on games.

Secretary Wayne Lenardon gave us a current membership status stating that about 50% had rejoined and paid their registration fees through MyFootballClub.  He also explained that all members must have a currect Working with Children numbers and that the branch needs to know what it is.  He encourage members to utilise the many forms on our website fot meeting attendances, apologies, training, etc.  He also stressed the need to wear our uniform sponsor’s gear to matches, meetings and at functions.

Assistant Secretary James Tesoriero was next up explain the differences in Offside interpretation when considering whether there is a deflection or tha ball is played by a defender.  This was an interesting topic which was very helpful for the members present on the day.

A League and FNSW referee of the year Kurt Ams followed with a detailed presentation on "Working with Players".  Kurt explained the methods he uses to gain respect and rapport the players when he was controlling a game.  He highlighted using more than just the whistle as a communication tool - using body language, his voice and eyes to assit in controlling te game.  He provided many valuable examples on how positive refereeing could assist the referee to manage difficult players and incidents during a game.  He had the Seminar thinking differently about game situations and provided tips on smart refereeing.  He showed several images and examples of what he meant and this greatly assisted in getting the point accross.  His presentation was well received by the members and they showed it with a rowdy applause as he returned to his seat.

A quick stretch of the legs as we adjourned for morning tea and some networking before we returned to hear FFA Referees Director Ben Wilson speaking on the Nationa Pathways available for referees and assessors to progress through the ranks to an Elite Refereeing status.  Ben also explained how the VAR was used and how it was working overall being called upon in one in four games to confirm or over rule decisions.  He highlighted the red and yellow cards being successfully utilised when dealing with coaches and officials in the technical area.  He also explained how the sin bin rule would work in those competitions that took it up.  His presentation seemed to be well received and commented that it was pleasing to see so many members (over 120) attending the seminar.

TSC member Richard Lorenc took to the floor for the topic of Tactical Fouls and explained how they were used in matches for many reasons from stopping players (SPA) through to time wasting.  Very good video clip examples were shown that provided a better understanding of how players and coaches used tactical fouls and how to recognise them.  He utilised audience members to generate questions and to get points accross which aided in getting the message accross and explaining how to manage them.

TSC member Gary Power introduced Strebre Delovski, Simon Mecallef (both ex FIFA and National Referees) and Stephen Lucas (current A League referee) to talk about "Surviving at the Top" and the attributes required to do that.  Each provided three things that helped them maintain their concentration and stay focused on the task in hand.  Several examples of techniques that they used or currently use in the case of Stephen to maintain consistency and stay on top of their game when refereeing.  Informative and useful ideas and techniques were given to the members which they can try to in corporate into their match control.

Gary Power then introduced current W League and A League members Sarah HoKearney Robinson together with ex FIFA AR's Kevin Humphreys and John Bowdler to talk on "Success as an AR".  Gary again asked them to provide three things that have helped them on their refereeing journey.  Fitness, training, concentration and communication skills were highlighted which each providing different approaches as to how they maintained consistency and remained successful as an AR.  Again their comments were well received by the members in attendance and very helpful information was provided to assist members who wished to specialise as AR's.  It was emphasised how much more that today's AR has to do to assist the referee in today's modern game.

Gary Power then gave an informative presentation on “Goal Setting 2018” in which he explained the importance of reviewing yourself and creating a success plan.  He emphasised that you honestly had to rate yourself and where you wanted to go.  Creating a plan and the journey to your destination is very important when trying to plan a career in refereeing; only you can look at your long term goals your medium goals and your goals for this year.  This topic was well received with Gary's presentation delivered in his usual inimitable style.

Sandro Perticarini brought a very informative and well-constructed seminar to a close and thanked all members and presenters for their participation.  The members adjourned to a hearty lunch and some networking with many discussing the day’s events and topics.

Our Assessors and Instructors returned for an Assessors seminar conducted by Roger Doenau.  Various topics were discussed with an emphasis on report writing and the importance of a detailed running sheet.  Roger provided a report from last year and asked the assessors present to pick the negatives and positives from the report.  He also asked us to mark it based on what was written in the report and the running sheet.  It was interesting to note that the marking range was fairly consistant with similar coaching points highlighted.  A short discussion on the expectations for 2018 followed.

Sandro thanked the presenters and the assessors for their attendance and the day ended with participants networking before heading off home.

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