Referee Courses

Club Based Referee Courses

NFF Junior & Youth Football, East Coast Bays AFC, East Coast Bays Auckland, Saturday 13th August 2016. Photo: Shane Wenzlick /

Hundreds of mums, dads and coaches each week take charge with their whistle, not because of a desire to be the best referee in the world, but simply because their kid’s game will be more enjoyable and safer if a few simple rules are followed.

The Club Based Referee (CBR) accreditation recognizes the importance of this level of involvement in the game and takes individuals through a course (often run at their own club) to become registered as a CBR. They are then entitled to referee any Federation match at their own club or at an opposition club if the opposition club does not have either an appointed official or their own CBR.  All CBRs have a registration card which they must show to the opposition team prior to kick-off and a CBR has the same rights and obligations of an appointed official.

If a club has sufficient numbers interested in a course it will be held at your own club. CBR courses will also be held in each region on dates to be advised.

Participants will be able to access online material once registered and paid. For any club wishing to host a CBR course please contact to confirm availability and costs.


Level 1 Referee, Level 1 Assitant Referee & Level 1 Futsal Referee Courses

Referee Allan Wilson sporting the new communications device. NRFL Northern Region Football League 2nd Division, Onehunga Mangere v Manukau City AFC, Mangere Domain, Auckland, Saturday 2nd May 2015. Photo: Shane Wenzlick /

The Level 1 Referee Courses are the second step on the referee pathway and teaches participants the basic fouls, movements and Laws of the Game. The course involves doing online components, which each can do in his/her own time. In person sessions with our Referee Development Officer are also required RDO for group discussions and practical sessions (whistle and signals).

There is a test on the Laws of the Game and participants need to reach 70% to pass.

Level 1 and above Referees may apply to join the Northern Football Referees Community and, upon acceptance of their membership application, they are appointed to Northern Football competition matches.

For any Club or group wishing to host a Level 1 Referee Courses, these can be done at you premises as long as their is a minimum of eight participants. The course takes 8 hours and can be run in either one full day or four two hour sessions.

For enquires please contact NFF Referee Development Officer

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