Become a Referee (Minimum 13 Years Of Age)

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

Do you fancy being the official in the middle?
Love football but can't play as much as you used to?
Want a hobby where you can earn money and enjoy the game?

Then you should take up refereeing.

Come On, Give It A Go!

Football West is always on the lookout for more referees as there are 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 follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Laws of the Game Certificate

In order to become a referee anywhere in Australia, all candidates must first complete the free online Laws of the Game (LOTG) Certificate, provided by Football Federation Australia. 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. Please note that as the online course is provided by Football Federation Australia, all queries regarding the course should be directed to Please print this certificate once completed.

Step 2: Become a Referee Package (Perth Metropolitan courses only)

Upon completion of the LOTG Certificate, candidates can then register for the Become a Referee Package. This includes a Level 4 Referee qualification which is the first official accreditation level for referees under the Australian Officiating Development Schedule, and successful candidates are then eligible to referee football matches.

Football West runs Level 4 Referee courses in a classroom-style format over one day. Candidates must be a minimum of 13 years of age on the day of the course, and have successfully completed the LOTG Certificate (bring the certificate with you). The course cost is $150 per participant and includes $293 of value for juniors and $593 of value for seniors:

  • Course Fee (valued at $100)
  • 2021 Registration Fee (valued at $100 for juniors or $400 for seniors)
  • Football West referee uniform (valued at $53)
  • Referee equipment starter pack including whistle, flags, cards and notebook (valued at $40)

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 here.

If you wish to register for a course, please register for your preferred date on the MyFootballClub website by clicking here. If you are receiving error message 400 (bad request), please follow the steps here.

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


Step 3: Uniform Sizing

Candidates must indicate which sizes they require for their referee uniform by completing the online form here.

Step 4: 2021 Registration

Candidates must register as a First Year Referee for the 2021 season - see self-registration guide here.



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