Become a Referee

Refereeing is a great way to continue your enjoyment of the game after or even during your playing career. If you are passionate about football then refereeing offers a different challenge and gives you the best seat in the house. It’s also a great way to keep fit, utilise and develop your people skills and pursue a footballing path that allows for an individual training schedule.

You can maintain your current links within the game, forge new friendships and give back to the game in a direct and meaningful way. Refereeing can also open up travel opportunities both within New Zealand and to the rest of the world.

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.

NFF 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
    • Club 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: 16 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.

Contact our Referee Development Officer Wilson James on  – Call DDI   03 425 9398  or  text 027 209 7228  or email