The ESFA Referees Branch had its inaugral season 2009, as an independent sub-committee of ESFA. Since its inception the Branch has grown to over 150 members and has achieved an average 85% coverage of ESFA matches regularly in season 2016.
The Branch is continually looking to expand its membership base and will hold courses in early 2017 for anybody who wishes to become a referee in the Eastern Suburbs. These courses will be announced on the ESFA website.
By completing a referee course with the Branch you will obtain a Level 4 Certificate in refereeing. To attend a Level 4 Course, you must have completed the Laws Of The Game Certificate online. This is just the first step in becoming a FIFA referee and the Branch aims to provide as many referees as possible with the opportunity to referee at the highest possible grade within the ESFA Competition and Football NSW Competition.
The Branch holds monthly meetings, fitness sessions, technical sessions and Assessors are allowing us to provide quality as well as quantity and assist our referees with continual education and skill training.
Information about career pathways and professional development of Match Officials in Australia can be found in the FFA Australian Officiating Development Schedule.
Registration to upcoming courses will be announced here as well as on the ESFA Referees Branch Website. If you would like more information about becoming a referee, or to find out more about the Branch, please visit the ESFA Referees Branch Website.
You can check if your match has a referee by visiting the Referees Branch uncovered games page.
Don't forget you can also check how many Assistant Referees you have by selecting 'A/R Required' in the left hand menu bar. Please remember that this list may change during the week as appointments do occasionally change.
Our Level 4 Referee Courses are a requirement to become a qualified referee. As a referee, you will learn the FIFA Laws of the Game, earn some money and have an exciting career opportunity in sport! The minimum age to become a referee is 13. A referee MUST be turning 14 by the 31st December in any given year to be able to qualify. If you are a player or coach you will still be able to be involved with your team as well as refereeing on weekends.
We currently do not have a course scheduled; however, you can register your interest below and we'll get back to you when we have a course booked! 2017 will likely see three courses being run, due to the overwhelming demand by those seeking to become referees.
Seniors and juniors are all welcome. Senior and female referees in particular are highly sought.