Referee Development Officer

Referee Development Officer - Football West

About Football West

Our vision is to make football accessible and a great experience for all.

Football West is the sole governing body for football in WA and represents all levels of competition, development and coaching in metropolitan and regional areas.

With approximately 200,000 participants and 44,000 registered players, Football West, which is affiliated to Football Federation Australia, fosters an environment that brings the game to life on parks, pitches and indoor centres around the state.

Football West is an equal opportunity employer.

About the Development Department

The Development Department supports players, coaches and officials in their football journey through participation, education and learning opportunities. The goal of the Development Department is for all football participants to have a fun, enjoyable and safe environment in which to train and play.

Role Overview

The Referee Development Officer is responsible for the education, training and performance of match officials across Western Australia.

This is a full-time role for a fixed term of 12 months with the possibility of extension.

Frequent week night and weekend work, as well as travel to regional WA will be required.

Reporting Relationship

This position reports to the Head of Development


The main duties of the role are as follows:

Area of Responsibility

Main Duties

Program Delivery

· Conduct FFA accredited upgrade courses as required

· Coordinate, and conduct where necessary, Level referee courses 

· Coordinate, and conduct where necessary Futsal Referee courses

· Prepare and conduct bi monthly Referee workshops

· Preparation of coaching materials for seminars and monthly coaching nights

· Development of coaching videos and teaching materials

· Conduct regional development including courses, workshops, assessments and coaching

· Attend Football West, schools and other relevant fixtures for coaching, assessment and mentoring of referees

· Attend Football West and School Sports WA Country Weeks, regional carnivals and major regional grand finals for coaching, assessment and mentoring of referees


· Develop and introduce programs designed to increase the recruitment of referees, including specifically for females

· Develop and introduce programs designed to increase the retention rate of referees, including specifically for females

· Design and introduce a referee mentor or “buddy system” for young referees

· Be a Member of the Referees Standing Committee by co-ordinating and attending meetings, setting the agenda in consultation with the Chair and recording and distributing minutes

Stakeholder Engagement

·Conduct player/coach/parent workshops at all NPL, State League, Amateur Premier and Women's Premier clubs 

· Respond to complaints regarding referee performance or behaviour

· Attend relevant DLGSC and other events targeted at match officials

· Maintain strong communication with regional referee bodies


About the Candidate

The role would suit a person passionate about the development of referees at all levels, and providing them with a better refereeing environment.

Role Specific Knowledge and Experience Requirements

This section outlines the specific knowledge and experience required to successfully achieve the objectives of the position.

  • Minimum Level  Referee Assessor qualification, or be willing to work towards one3 Referee Instructor qualification
  • Experience in delivering education and training sessions
  • Competent in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Competent in sport coding and video editing
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver excellent customer service
  • Ability to resolve problems and manage disputes
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Ability to effectively prioritise and execute tasks with defined time frames
  • Ability to use initiative and develop programs to enhance referee numbers, experience and standards
  • Knowledge of Football West competition structures
  • Knowledge of FIFA Laws of the Game
  • Knowledge of Football West and FFA Referee Pathways
  • Ability to work unique hours, inclusive of weekend and evening work as required
  • Ability to undertake domestic travel in delivery of essential job-related activities

Key Expectations

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Engage with referees of all levels of ability
  • Support the recruitment of new referees and the retention of existing ones
  • Demonstrate a commitment to educating all external stakeholders in the Respect Campaign

Prerequisites for Employment

  • Eligibility to work in Australia;
  • Suitable Proof of Identity based on a 100-point identity check as described in the Financial Transaction Reports Regulations 1990 (Cth). Original documents must be sighted;
  • A current Working with Children check; and
  • A current Driver’s Licence.

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