Refereeing can be one of the most rewarding elements in sport. Referees are crucial to the game of Touch Football, and are rewarded accordingly, as refereeing at your local affiliate can become another stream of income.
There are multiple opportunities to get involved in refereeing. If you’re interested in becoming a referee then please contact your respective State Office of local affiliate for information. Visit the ‘Where Can I Play?’ locator at the top of the TFA website to find your closest affiliate.
Some affiliates choose to employ a ‘duty referee’ system, whereby teams will be required to provide a referee on some occasions to fulfill the competitions requirements.
This method of referee allocation is crucial to some locations, so please ensure that when it’s your team’s turn to provide a referee you do so to ensure everyone has the chance to maximise their Touch Football experience.
Respect for Referees
Touch Football Australia places a significant focus on ensuring the sport is free of abuse and harassment for all participants, particularly for referees given the difficult role they sometimes face.
A number of frameworks have been implemented to ensure this for all referees, including a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to abuse and harassment of officials endorsed by the TFA Board of Management. These frameworks are aligned to the Sport’s Responsibility Code and Member Protection Policy, leading to the creation of the ADD TFA Disciplinary Regulations Manual LINK, as well as an advertisement, highlighting the importance of respect for Touch Football Referees.
Created by Touch Football South Australia and the South Australian Government’s Office for Recreation and Sport.
Becoming an accredited referee is an important step in ensuring that you are equipped with the knowledge of the Rules of the game, but also the latest on-field game information, and skills to manage and create a safe and enjoyable environment for all. It is also a great way to remain fit and active and participate in our game.
Touch Football Australia has a six-tier accreditation system
Duration/Format: 4 Hours face to face Workshop
Pre-Requisite: ASC Community Officiating General Principles (requirement from September 2013)
Course Outline: L1-Participant Information Outline
Duration/Format: 4 Hours face to face workshop
Pass Level 2 On-field Assessment
Pre-Requisite: Level 1 Referee Accreditation
ASC Community Officiating General Principles (if not previously completed)
Course Outline: L2-Participant Information Outline
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