Becoming a CRA Football Referee in 2021

There are plenty of great motives of being a football referee. You actively participate in the sport, you help raise the standard of the game, you develop a network of close friends, you develop your management and communication skills and is a great way of earning tax free pocket money.

Referees are an integral part of Football. The first steps to becoming a referee at the World Cup starts at the local level. The qualifications in becoming a football referee are:

– Be a minimum of 14 years old,
– Have a passion for Football.

It’s that easy!

The Canterbury Referees Association (CRA) are actively seeking new referees to join our community. People of all experience and fitness levels are accepted. If you would like to be part of this exciting culture, please complete the following steps.

For FAQ’s on becoming a new referee with the CRA, click HERE.

Step 1 – Level 4 Referee Course

Register and attend your Level 4 Referee Course. This is an FFA accredited course, run by the CRA. This involves a full day referee course involving practical interpretation and demonstration of the Laws of the Game.

Please Note: Participants need only register for one (1) course. You must be available for the duration of the day.

Upcoming Level 4 Courses

– Saturday, 30 January 2021 (All) – Click Here

– Saturday, 6 February 2021 (All) – Click Here

– Sunday, 14 February 2021 (All) – Click Here

– Saturday, 20 February 2021 (Female Only) – Click Here

– Sunday, 28 February 2021 (Seniors + Club Participants) – Click Here

– Sunday, 14 March 2021 (All) – Click Here

Step 2 – Complete the Laws of the Game Certificate

This is a free online course which is provided by Football Federation Australia (FFA). This course contains and exam component which is required to be completed prior to attending the Level 4 course in Step 1. Once completing the exam, you will sent a certificate to be printed and brought to the Level 4 course. The online exam and certificate can be found at the below link:

Laws of the Game Certificate:

The online course involves an examination of your understanding of the Laws of the Game. You only get one attempt at the examination, so take your time studying the Laws.

Please ensure that the details of the applicant referee (and not a parent or guardian) have been entered into the online Laws of the Game otherwise the certificate will not print out your name.

If you fail the examination, do not panic! Please contact our Registrar to discuss alternative solutions.

Step 3 – Register as a Member on Play Football

Once you have registered for a Level 4 Course, you are then required to register on the FFA’s online registration portal PlayFootball. This is the national registration portal for all stakeholders participating in the game.

Please Note: if you currently play for a club, you are still required to register as a member of the CRA as these are separate registration entities and involvement positions in the game.

Registration on PlayFootball will be available for new members in 2021.

Step 4 – Working With Children Check (WWCC) Number Requirement

Football NSW requires that ALL REFEREES OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE obtain a PAID Working With Children Check (WWCC).

If you plan on becoming a referee with CRA in 2021, and are over the age of 18, you will need to provide CRA with a paid WWCC. Without a WWCC, CRA will not be able to accept your registration, which means you will not be able to referee.

The paid WWCC costs $80.00. CRA recommends that you obtain the WWCC well in advance of attending a course, so that you can referee sooner. For information as to how you can obtain a paid WWCC, view CRA’s guide by Clicking Here.

Please Note: The paid WWCC number lasts for 5 years from payment and must be renewed thereafter.

If you are still unsure or have any queries you would like clarified, please contact our Registrar, Rodrigo Martins via email at


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