If you have any questions about becoming a referee , please get in touch with  - Referee Development Officer Russell Jones

027 355 3885

Central Football would like to invite all new and returning match officials to register for the 2024 season. Click HERE to register.



To encourage and recruit existing playing members to undergo referee education and attain experience in refereeing matches whilst still being registered community players officiating community matches.


Across the Central Football Federation, the current referee population requires an injection of accredited match officials who have experienced football in a community environment and understand the nature of the community level game. 

We currently have community level matches being officiated by players, coaches and other volunteers who have a ‘feel’ and understanding of the community game and the community players expectation of a referee. By providing an opportunity for players to reduce their cost to being a registered player by having them complete a New Zealand Football course, complete ten matches as a match official throughout a season, receive payment for those matches completed and receive a 50% rebate on their playing registration fees, removes barriers to becoming a referee, encourages current players to be involved in the game in a different role and improve coverage of matches with an accredited match official.

After successful completion of the course requirements the participant receives referee apparel and is registered in COMET as an accredited  match official to the region in which they plan to officiate matches. Between the Central Football Referee Officer, the regional appointments coordinator and the participant, availability of the participant to referee matches is established and allocated appropriately. 

​​​​​​​• Upon completion of each match the participant receives the appropriate match fee reimbursement for the type of match they have completed paid into their bank account on or around the 20th of the month following the match. 

• Central Football will make a payment of 50% of the participants playing fees after the participant advises the Referee Manager that they have completed 10 matches for the season, this is verified, and the participant has shown proof of payment of their playing fees to their club.

To register your interest click HERE


For more information please e-mail Referee Development Officer Russell Jones |


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.

Valuable Volunteer Kieron Evans 

Valuable Volunteer Jet Norris 

Valuable Volunteer Brandon Climo