Becoming a Referee FAQ’s

How much does it cost to become a referee?;
A: For a cost of $150 a new referee in the FFNC zone will receive;
– Level 4 Referee Course
– Laws of the Game Book
– Professional Referee Whistle
– Assistant Referee Flag
– First year referee green shirt
– Black Umbro on-field Shirt
– Black Umbro on-field Shorts
– Black Umbro on-field Socks
– Set of Red and Yellow Cards
– Match Record Book and Inserts
– Full Referee Registration with FFNC (includes the NNSWF and Football Australia Match Official Registration Fees)
– FFNC Match Officials Polo Shirt (to wear to and from appointed games)

This represents a saving of over $100 for all new match officials!

Do I have to pay the full amount upfront, prior to the course?;
A: Yes, this is a requirement of Northern NSW Football. If this is a prohibitive factor in becoming a match official, please contact Football Far North Coast.

Do I need to referee every day or every weekend?;
A: NO. We use an online appointments system that allows you to update your availability in advance. Of course, the more you are available, the more games you are likely to receive. However, we understand that everyone’s needs and wants are different.

Is there a requirement to travel ANYWHERE in the FFNC zone to officiate on games?;
A: NO. Appointments are made to try as much as possible to keep travel to a minimum. If you play or coach this will be taken into account when appointing to matches, which may mean you are appointed on a match outside your “home” town to fit in with your playing/coaching commitments. There is a general expectation that everyone will travel on occasions, as there are not enough referees in all locations, but if you have a reasonable request for why you cannot travel at any time you can let us know and this will be taken into account.

Is being a match official classed as a job (employment)?;
A: NO. It is a paid hobby.

If you have any other questions about becoming a match official, feel free to email