Become a referee​​​​​​​

Football is the world’s most played and most popular sport. New Zealand fits the trend with more than 6.3 per cent of the adult population participating in the game, making it the most popular team sport in the country.

There are over 135,000 participants across all strands but, while coaches and players are key to the game, so is another group – referees.  Referees are an integral part of the football family and their performance is crucial to the development of the game in New Zealand and within the Football South Federation. For referees in New Zealand, there is a clear pathway to help you achieve your goals while contributing to the success and enjoyment of players, coaches and fans along the way.  

If you want to know more about the various Referee Courses available contact Football South Referee Development Manager Allys here: or fill out the Expression of Interest  form below.


People Referee for a wide range of reasons, from wanting to help their kids game on a Saturday morning, to wanting to Referee at a FIFA World Cup.

Southern Football offers two entry level courses for aspiring referees. You do not have to complete the Club Based Referee Course to enroll in the Level 1 course.

Community/Clubs Level

Community Based Referee (CBR) – Introductory Course

Duration: 4 hours

Aimed at: Parents, Coaches, teachers, students and players.

Covers basic understanding laws of the game

Development - Federation Level

Level 1 Referee

Duration: 8 hours

Aimed at: People wanting to become Official Referees.

Covers laws of the game, Referee movement and positioning, acting as an Assistant Referee & Player Management

OK, I am still interested, where do I find information on courses?

Have a look at the section on the web site on Referee Courses, or contact the Referee Development Officer and arrange a course tailored to fit in around your commitments.

For more information please contact our Referee Development Manager:

Contact: Allys Clipsham