Steps to becoming a referee

Register on PlayFootball

You will need to register on PlayFootball as a new referee and pay your new registration fee.

The fee includes the referee course, your membership fee and the cost of your uniform.

Register at PlayFootball here.

Any person joining who is aged 18 years or old needs to obtain a paid employee Working with Children Check (WWCC). Details on how to apply are at Service NSW – WWWC.

You will need to register based on your age and the package you choose below.

We recommend any referee who will not be aged 14 by April this year to do the SSG Course rather than the Level 4 Course.

SSG Referee

Referees aged 12 - 14
  • SSG Referee Course
  • SSG Membership
  • Uniform package
  • Member polo shirt

Junior Referee

Referees aged 13 - 17
  • Level 4 Referee Course
  • Junior Membership
  • Uniform package
  • Member polo shirt

Senior Membership

Referees aged 18 +
  • Level 4 Referee Course
  • Senior Membership
  • Uniform package
  • Member polo shirt

Register for and attend a course

You will need to attend an entry-level referee course. There are two options based on your aged and the registration package you chose on PlayFootball.

  1. Small Sided Games/Game Leader Course
    This course is for anyone aged 12 – 14 who wants to start on the Small Sided Games of U7 and U8. 
  2. Level 4 Referee Course
    This course is for anyone aged 13 years or older. It allows you to referee at all ages from U12 through to All Age (there are restrictions on which games you can referee in the middle based on your age). 

All of our upcoming courses are available here.

Level 4 Course Instructions

Once you have registered for the course, you will need to complete an online theory component. This helps with discussions and also gives you a chance to clarify and ask questions if required. Please allow 1.5-2 hours to complete the online training. Online training is completed through Follow the steps below;

  1. Login as a learner (this will redirect you through PlayFootball)
  2. On the landing page, scroll down and select the referees section
  3. Under course categories, complete the “Referees – Laws of the Game” – download the certificate as you will need to upload this later
  4. Go to the Training Event tab. This will bring up a calendar. In the calendar search for the MDFRA Referee Level 4 Course
  5. Enrol for the course. This will redirect you to pay $33 to complete the course
  6. Once you’ve paid the Junior Football Match Official (Level 4) module will be available in the “My Training” section
  7. Complete the 4 sections of the course (Match Control, Positioning Movement, Technical Concepts & Game Management
  8. Once you’ve completed the Referees – Laws of the Game & Junior Football Match Official (Level 4) you are ready for the course.

Get a uniform & your gear

You will need to order and collect your uniform (you have already paid for it in your registration).

Uniforms can be ordered here (, along with organising the collection.

Outside of the uniform package, you will need to also get the following:

  • a watch (or two)
  • predominantly black shoes (they can be football boots, turf boots or joggers)

Get on the park

You are now ready to get out on the park and do your first games.

We are transitioning to a new appointment management system with Macarthur Football Association.

In the meantime, we are using emails for appointments. Send an email to letting them know what days and times you are available, and they will organise games for you.