Becoming a Referee FAQ’s

How much does it cost to become a referee?;
A: For a cost of just $135, a new referee in the FFNC zone will receive;
– Level 4 Referee Course
– Laws of the Game Book
– Professional Referee Whistle
– Assistant Referee Flag
– 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 for 2019 with Football Far North Coast
– FFNC Match Officials Polo Shirt

This represents a saving of $150 for junior match officials (ages 13-18) and a saving of $180 for senior match officials (19+)!

Do I have to pay the full amount upfront to become a referee?;
A: NO. We only require a minimum of $50 to be paid to FFNC prior to the course. As a further way to try and ease the burden of becoming a match official, FFNC offer to have the remaining amount deducted from match payments (or you can pay the remaining amount after the course).

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 everyones 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