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Become a Referee

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.

NPL U16 GF Referees

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 http://laws.myfootballclub.com.au 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 refereeing@footballaustralia.com.au.


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 Australian Officiating Development Schedule, and successful candidates are then eligible to referee junior football matches.

Football West runs these courses 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 here.

If you wish to register for a course, please register for your preferred date on the MyFootballClub website by clicking here.

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


  • February: Saturday 3rd (FULL), Sunday 18th (FULL)
  • March: Saturday 3rd (FULL), Saturday 17th (FULL), Sunday 25th (FULL)
  • April: Saturday 21st (FULL), Sunday 29th (FULL)
  • May: Saturday 5th (FULL), Sunday 13th (FULL), Sunday 20th (FULL)
  • July: Saturday 21st (Final Course for the year) (FULL)


  • MaySaturday 5th (Kalgoorlie)     Sunday 13th ( Karratha)
  • June: Saturday 2nd (Esperance),    Saturday 9th (Geraldton),    Sunday 17th (Albany)

If you wish to register for a regional course, please register for your preferred date on the MyFootballClub website by clicking here.


The Department Local Government Sports and Cultural Industries (DLGSCI) formally the DSR, in partnership with Football West are offering FREE Referee Level 4 courses for 14-25 year olds as an inititive to have “Young Leadrs in Sport” If you wish to register for one of these course, please register for your preferred date on the MyFootballClub website by clicking here. Dates are listed below


  • June: Saturday 2nd (FULL),  Saturday 16th (FULL)
  • July:  Sunday 15th (FULL),     Saturday 28th (Female only 14-25 year olds)

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. Information about registration for the 2018 season is available here.


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


For more information you can contact Football West by emailing referees@footballwest.com.au

For information on refereeing outside of the Perth metropolitan area, please click here for contact details.