Becoming a CRA Football Referee in 2020

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 – 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

Please register for one of the below Level 4 Entrance Courses:
27 June 2020 – All – Course Details. – Register.
28 June 2020 – Seniors Only (Club Seniors) – Course Details. – Register.

Step 2 – Complete the Laws of the Game Certificate

This is a free online course which is provided by Football Federation Australia (FFA). This is 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 Development Officer 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.

To complete the PlayFootball registration, please 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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