Becoming a CRA Football Referee in 2019

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 13 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 – Complete the Laws of the Game Certificate

This is a free online course which is provided by Football Federation Australia (FFA). Upon successful completion of this course, print your Certificate and register yourself in Step 2. The 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.

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

Step 2 – 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.

Upcoming Level 4 Courses

There are no more courses for 2019.

To register your interest for 2020, click HERE.


If you are still unsure or have any queries you would like clarified, please contact our Development Officer, Anthony Mansour via email at

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