Membership FAQs

A few frequently asked questions regarding membership.

I just want to become a Referee for the first time - what do I do?

Sorry, but we do not run courses for new match officials - have a look at the Football NSW website under Referees for more information!

Can I just join as an Assistant Referee?

Yes you can!

What do I have to submit with my application?


  1. The Application Form (electronic) - complete with FFA Number
  2. Electronic registration on MyFootballClub
  3. Payment of the membership fee
  4. Your Working With Children check number
  5. A Clearance from your Branch Secretary or last referees organisation
  6. Copy of your Log Book for last three seasons

Your application will sit as "pending" on MyFootballClub until all the requirements have been met and your application has been approved.

Other forms you will need to submit?

Once your application has been approved there are a few more bits of paperwork that you will need to submit for admin and payroll purposes. 

  1. Football NSW Member Protection Declaration form
  2. A Statement by a Supplier
  3. Bank Account Details so that we, and Football NSW, can pay you.
  4. Tax File Number Declaration form to Football NSW  

What are the membership fees for 2018?

Refer to our link about Membership Fees.

Dont worry - the fees are outlined again on MyFootballClub when you register and the fees on MyFootballClub are correct.  

Where can I get an application form?

Keep reading - the application form is online this year!

Can I submit some of the documents while waiting for others?

Yes, but we need all of your documents to be able to process and approve it.

There is no reason that you can't start collecting all the information together now though!

What if I dont have all of my documents yet?

If you are waiting for a few of the documents, such as a clearance from your Branch Secretary, or the endorsement from your Branch Coach, you can still participate in a few of our activities.

You are welcome to join us for fitness training. As long as you are registered with another Branch in NSW then your insurance cover still holds.

You are welcome to come to our Annual Seminar. (There may be a small charge for catering if your application ends up not being accepted or you choose not to submit your appllicaiton.)

You are welcome to join us for the fitness tests in anticipation. Again, as long as you are registered with another Branch in NSW then your insurance cover still holds.

What is a clearance?

The Refereeing fraternity in NSW, and indeed Australia, all work together. Generally speaking, though, we all work over separate areas.

A clearance is a letter of introduction from your Branch Secretary. A clearance will:

  1. confirm your qualifications
  2. confirm your experience
  3. confirm that you are not subject to any disciplinary action (e.g. suspension)
  4. confirm that you do not owe your Branch any monies
  5. endorse your application as ready to officiate on State League Football

What is a Working With Children Applicant's Declaration and Consent

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Since you may be working with minors then you must complete this form.

This information is treated in strictest confidence.

Working with Children checks have changed for our 2018 Memberships. Everyone over 18 must submit a WWC number as an Employee.

What is a Statement by a Supplier?

A Statement By A Supplier is a form available from the Australia Tax Office without which the person paying your referees fees would be required to withold 46.5% tax!

This is included in our membership application package.

What if I dont know my FFA number?

You can go to FFA's myFootballClub site and follow the links to search for your number.


If you have just come from overseas then you can register to get an FFA number on the same website, but you will still need to go through a separate process to have your overseas qualifications recognised.

What if I dont have my Log Book

A Log Book is a summary of your officiating and technical education over past seasons. Ideally this will be signed regularly by your Branch Coach.

The Log Book is in the back of the Australian version of the Laws of the Game.

If you don't have the log book then a neat written summary containing the same information is acceptable.

You can download a Log Book page here.

Which documents do I need for overseas qualifications?

Overseas qualifcations and experience needs to be verified and assessed by a Technical Committee and converted to an appropriate equivalent Australian qualification.

You will need to provide basically the same information as an Australian referee would provide in a clearance letter.

  1. Copies of certificates showing your qualifications (with translation if not in English)
  2. A summary of your refereeing experience over the last three seasons, with an explanation into the level of football (e.g. second highest national competition, third highest local competition, senior/adult football, junior football)
  3. A letter from your previous referees association
    1. confirming your qualifications and experience
    2. confirming that you are not under any suspension or disciplinary action
    3. confirming that you do not owe any monies to them

Do I have to pass a fitness test to referee?


Every Referee and Assistant Referee must pass a fitness test each year before being appointed to matches. 

What about uniforms?

We have a three year agreement with Legea covering the 2017 - 2019 seasons.

The uniform is compulsory for all members refereeing Under 18 and above.

The package includes four coloured shirts, shorts, socks, a polo shirt, drawstring bag and drink bottle.

So where can I get an application form?


Can I start training with the State League Branch?

Yes you can!

Training is held every Wednesday night (from 11 January) at Potts Park, behind the Arena Sports Club, Yagoona, from 7:00pm - 8:30pm. Enter off Graf Avenue.

Training will be conducted by Chris Young. 

Notice Board

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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