Referee Education


2021 Pre-Season Seminars

Football West holds two Pre-Season Referee Seminars, recognising that the season for some officials commences earlier than others. Both sessions will be identical in content and officials are welcome to register for whichever seminar they wish according to their availability.

These seminars will provide officials with detailed explanations on the amendments to the Laws of the Game as well as any changes to interpretations as provided by The International Football Association Board (The IFAB). There will also be presentations on other topics pertinent to referees in preparation for the upcoming season, including administration and competition rules.

There is no cost to attend the Pre-Season Referee Seminars, however attendance is strictly limited due to social distancing restrictions and therefore registration by clicking on your preferred date below is essential.

Pre-Season Seminars

Saturday 16 January, 9:00am-12:00pm - ECU Mt Lawley Campus
Sunday 14 March, 9:00am-12:00pm - ECU Mt Lawley Campus

If you are unable to attend either of the Pre-Season Referees Seminars, completion of the online Laws of the Game Changes exercise by clicking here is a requirement of your 2021 registration being approved.

2021 Coaching Nights

Football West holds Coaching Nights from April to August inclusive in order to provide ongoing development opportunities to match officials of all ages, levels and experiences. All sessions are held at Dorrien Gardens in West Perth from 7pm-8.30pm on the following dates and bar facilities will be available to purchase refreshments:

  • Wednesday 21 April 7pm-8.30pm
  • Wednesday 26 May 7pm-8.30pm
  • Wednesday 16 June 7pm-8.30pm
  • Wednesday 21 July 7pm-8.30pm
  • Monday 16 August 7pm-8.30pm (Junior Finals Workshop)
  • Wednesday 18 August 7pm-8.30pm (Junior Finals Workshop)

The August coaching nights are run as Junior Finals Workshops to prepare junior referees for appointments to finals matches, including assistant referee duties and kicks from the penalty mark. Junior referees wishing to be appointed to Finals Matches must attend one of these workshops, however senior referees are also welcome to attend should they wish. These workshops include a practical component and therefore attendees must wear their Football West referee uniform and bring their referee equipment (whistle, flags, cards etc.).

2021 Referee Courses