Referee Pathway

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.

The starting point for our men and women in the middle is at the grassroots where a Level One Referees Course will equip you to officiate youth and local senior football. This, like a number of the referee courses can be taken online in the comfort of your own room or at a central venue.  Soon there will also be specific courses for junior level referees, covering the special skills and requirements of controlling junior football games.

A competency assessment on a game(s) forms the Level 2 acccreditation.

From there, the Level Three Course will open the door to top federation and inter-federation leagues and in some national competitions like the ASB Youth League.

Level 4 accreditation is, like Level 2, gained following a performance competency evaluation.

The Level Five Certificate will not only arm you with the skills and knowledge to step up to the ASB Premiership and ASB Women’s League but can also unlock a world of international opportunities with exceptional referees who achieve their FIFA badge assigned to international fixtures throughout Oceania.

After that, the world awaits, with FIFA tournaments including FIFA World Cups and Olympic games on offer for top officials.

Alongside the referee pathway, a similar road exists for assessors, who can impart their knowledge and experience to those at lower levels, either once they themselves have finished active refereeing or as they progress along the pathway. Instructors, assistant referees and Futsal referees all have clear, transparent pathways similar to referees and assessors.

NZ Football Referee Pathway (PDF)
NZ Football Referee Inspectors Pathway (PDF)

For more information please contact your local Referee Development Officer:
Auckland Football – Paul Smith
Northern Football – Kevin Stoltenkamp
WaiBOP Football – Paul Higgins
Central Football – David Lawrie
Capital Football – Jamie Cross
Mainland Football – Wayne Stapley
Football South – Wilson James