Become a Referee

Become a Referee for free- as a female you can register for the Junior Referee course for free.


Become a Referee


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

Do you fancy being the man (or woman) in the middle?
Love football but can’t play as much as you did?
Want a hobby where you can earn money, and enjoy yourself?

Then you should take up refereeing.

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

Step 1: Laws of the Game Certificate

In order to become a referee with Football West, all candidates must first complete the free online FFA Laws of the Game (LOTG) Certificate. 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.

Step 2: Level 4 Junior Referee Course

Upon completion of the LOTG Certificate, candidates can then apply for a Level 4 Junior Referee Course. This is the first official accreditation level for referees under the Opens external link in new windowAustralian Officiating Development Schedule, and successful candidates are then eligible to referee junior football matches.

The course is run 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 $75.00 per candidate.

If you wish to register for a course, please send the Initiates file downloadcompleted form along with your Laws of the Game Certificate to Football West in order to secure your place. To ensure quality education, each course is limited to only 15 candidates on a first come first served basis.

Upcoming course dates in 2014 are as follows:

  • Saturday 1 February
  • Saturday 8 February
  • Saturday 15 February
  • Saturday 8 March
  • Saturday 22 March
  • Saturday 5 April
  • Saturday 3 May
  • NEW DATE: Sunday 22 June (DSR Office, Leederville)
  • NEW DATE: Saturday 28 June (Morley-Noranda Recreation Club)

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. These details will be provided to you once you have completed the course.

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

For more information, please contact Football West’s Referee Coordinator, Mathew Cheeseman, by emailing