New Referees Course
- General Information
FFNC are running a Level 4 New Referees Course on Sunday 27th May at the Alstonville FC Clubhouse at Crawford Park.
Anyone wanting to do the course should follow the links and instructions below to register for this course and complete the pre-course online Laws of the Game Certificate. There is also a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) attached for those that are interested in attending the course and becoming a match official.
If you have ANY questions, please contact Luke Mackney on 0434 856 992.
Date and Times
Sunday 27th May: 9:30am – approx. 4:30pm.
Alstonville FC Clubhouse (Crawford Park) – Freeborn Place, Alstonville.
Cost & Inclusions
The fee for this course is $50, to be paid directly to FFNC by direct deposit into their bank account. This is inclusive of NNSWF's $35 course fee in addition to Football Far North Coast (FFNC) providing a whistle, law book, printed materials and lunch.
FFNC will REFUND the full $50 fee for all those who complete the course and then subsequently register to become an active match official this year (more details will be provided at the course). The registration fee to become an active FFNC match official in 2018 is $120 for juniors (18 years and under) and $150 for seniors (19+ years) and FFNC is also pursuing a way of easing that cost as part our strategies and objectives to deliver better outcomes. For more information about this, view the FAQ’s that are attached with this email.
The FFNC bank account details are;
(Use the participants NAME as the reference)
Financial Institution: Newcastle Permanent Building Society
Account Name: Football Far North Coast
Account Number: 509 829 102
BSB: 650 300
Participants for this course should currently be 13 years of age or older OR turning 13 no later than mid-June 2018 (noting that participants CANNOT be appointed on matches until they turn 13).
- To register for this course, follow this link: https://education-ffa.sportingpulse.com/entry/?EID=18472&Template=blank&For
- Finalise payment of the $50 course fee, per the instructions above.
- BEFORE the first session ALL participants must complete the online Laws of the Game (OLTG) Certificate. This can be completed by going to https://laws.myfootballclub.com.au/ and following the instructions on the website. Participants can register for the upcoming course first, but this certificate MUST be completed BEFORE attending the first session of the course. The time required to complete the OLTG Certificate will vary based on previous knowledge and experience. Participants should allow AT LEAST one hour to complete the certificate, however it may take up to two – three hours. All answers are provided within learning material in the OLTG certificate.
- Participants should bring a pen/pencil and something to write notes in for both sessions of the course.
- Participants should wear suitable clothing (i.e. joggers and shorts) for some short outdoor activities (weather permitting).
Becoming a Match Official FAQ's;
Why do I have to pay to attend a level 4 referee course?;
A: FFNC need to pay a fee to NNSWF to run a course and pay the presenters for their time. We also supply a law book, printed materials and other items unique to each course. It should be noted that FFNC are REFUNDING the course cost for all those who subsequently register as an active match official.
Why is there an annual registration fee to actively officiate?;
A: Everyone wants better match officials, but we cannot expect match officials to get better without coaching and administration. This comes at a cost and players and clubs are already contributing to costs within the game (including paying match officials). FFNC are intent on providing a maximum benefit for match officials, but it seems only fair that match officials (who do get paid) contribute a share.
Is being a match official classed as a job (employment)?;
A: NO. It is a paid hobby.
Why do I need to pay for my gear/uniform?;
A: The initial purchase of match officials gear/uniform is a cost that is incurred by FFNC, so although this is another cost that we would like to absorb (i.e. not have to pass on), the reality is that the money must come from somewhere and if not from the individual match officials, it will again need to come from the club/players? FFNC keep gear as cheap as we possibly can and we are ACTIVELY engaging with our supplier, Northern NSW Football to find ways to make it cheaper.
Do I have to pay the gear/registration upfront?;
A: NO. As a way to try and ease the burden of becoming a match official, FFNC offer to have fees/gear deducted from match payments at a rate of approx. 50% of the payment owed (i.e. if you're owed $200 for the fortnight, we deduct $100 and pay you $100, until your account is settled).
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