Referee Development

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Northern Region Football continues to develop and invest in opportunities for Referees to move through the New Zealand Football Referee’s Pathway.

We utilise the various National Age Group Tournaments to provide intensive coaching and refereeing to help referees fulfill their potential and achieve their goals.

While Female and Youth referees are a focus, we also recognise the mature parents, players and ex-players make up a significant portion of our Referee Community and ensure we offer them the same opportunities for development.

Programme Resources

​​​​​​​Referee Fitness Test Criteria

Basic Referee (Sprints 40 metres in under 7 seconds-6 repetitions. 75/25 run/walk 20 seconds/20 seconds-40 repetitions.

Advanced Referee (Sprints 6.5/ Repetitions 17/20)

  • Premier Referees: Sprints 6.0 / Repetitions 15/18 – Mandatory to pass
  • Premier Assistant Referees: Sprints 6.2 / Repetitions 15/20) – Mandatory to pass
  • Premier Women Referees: Sprints 6.5 / Repetitions 17/22) – Mandatory to pass
  • Premier Women Assistant Referees: Sprints 6.5 / Repetitions 17 / 22 – Mandatory
  • L4 Field Test Aspirants – Men: Sprints 6.2 / Repetitions 15/22) – Mandatory to pass
  • L4 Field Test Aspirants – Women: Sprints 6.6 / Repetitions 17 / 24) – Mandatory to pass
  • 1st Division Referees: Sprints 6.1 / Repetitions 15 / 20) – Mandatory to pass
  • 2nd Division Referees: Sprints 6.1 / Repetitions 15/20) – Mandatory to pass
  • Reserve Leagues: Sprints 6.2 / Repetitions 15/22)