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Become a Referee


Become a Referee



*UPDATE* Course dates for 2017 are now live!


How would you like to have the best seat in the house?


Do you fancy being the man (or woman) in the middle?
Love football but can't play as much as you did?
Want a hobby where you can earn money, and enjoy yourself?

Then you should take up refereeing.


Football West is always on the lookout for more referees, as there as still many games going uncovered each weekend. Whether you just want to referee casually, or if you want to go all the way to the World Cup, WE NEED YOU!



If you want to take up the challenge, then stop wasting time thinking about it and following these simple steps:



Step 1: Laws of the Game Certificate

In order to become a referee with Football West, all candidates must first complete the free online FFA Laws of the Game (LOTG) Certificate. To access the site, please go to and follow the instructions. This provides you with the basic introduction needed and gives you a better understanding of the laws of football. Even if you don't want to become a referee, this free online course will help you explain why a free kick was given on the weekend.



Step 2: Level 4 Referee Course

Upon completion of the LOTG Certificate, candidates can then apply for a Level 4 Referee Course. This is the first official accreditation level for referees under the Opens external link in new windowAustralian Officiating Development Schedule, and successful candidates are then eligible to referee junior football matches.

The course is run in a classroom-style format over one day. Candidates must be a minimum of 14 years of age on the day of the course, and have successfully completed the LOTG Certificate (proof of certificate required). The course cost is $95.00 per candidate

Candidates are also required to complete Unit 1 as home study before attending, and bring with them to the course. These questions can be downloaded by clicking Initiates file downloadhere.

Available upcoming course dates:

  • Saturday 4 February
  • Sunday 26 February
  • Saturday 4 March
  • Saturday 1 April

If you wish to register for a course, please register for your preferred course on the MyFootballClub website by visiting: Opens external link in new window

Payment information must be submitted when registering for a course, otherwise your registration will be deemed invalid and deleted.



Step 3: Register as an active referee

After completing the Level 4 Course, you will then need to register as an active referee with Football West. This will then officially recognise you as an accredited match official, and allow you to be appointed to matches. These details will be provided to you once you have completed the course.


Step 4: Get out on the field, and enjoy! :-)


For more information you can contact the Football West Referees Department by emailing

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