NORTH Coast Football are putting the call out for one of the most valuable commodities in all of sport.
North Coast Football is putting out the call for referees in what is shaping to be the biggest ever year for football in the region.
Registrations for football in 2022 are expected to be at or near-record level, following a record year for player numbers in 2021 which saw over 5000 players take to the field.
More referees are needed to officiate the biggest sport on the North Coast, with currently less than 100 referees having to officiate matches for people aged 12 and above.
In addition to the various community football competitions, six-a-side competitions will commence In May on the new synthetic pitches at the Coffs Football Centre, increasing demand even further.
North Coast Football is working with clubs to identify new junior and senior referees.
Current and former players, parents and fans of the game have been identified as potential referees.
Clubs have the opportunity to sponsor new referees and work with administrators to support and encourage them as they start their life as a match official.
To become a referee, trainees do online coursework and an in-person training session.
Applicants then sit for a test, and if they pass, they’ll be on the pitch immediately.
Senior referees have the potential to earn several thousand dollars a year, while juniors can pocket several hundred dollars and more annually.
Refereeing courses are planned for early May.
North Coast Football General Manager, Andrew Woodward, outlined the many benefits of becoming a referee and highlighted their importance.
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