Northern Inland referees prepare to return to the pitch for 2021

March 31st, 2021

While players have returned to the pitch for pre-season training, so to have match officials across Northern Inland.

Fitness and theory training will be the focus for Northern Inland referees in 2021. Match officials will be exposed to monthly theory sessions from Northern NSW Football match official coaches via Zoom as well as local instructors.

Premier Division first grade referee Joshua Attard, who refereed the Premier Division grand final last season, said preparation is as important for match officials as it is for players.

“Just as players start preparing for the season with pre-season fitness, referees need to do the same,” Attard said.

“Getting back to match fitness is key to being on top of your game. Referees need to be able to keep up with play to get themselves in the best position to make the best decisions.”

While a handful of referees have started training again it is hoped that regular season training will commence for all Tamworth match officials from the start of April.

A pre-season seminar for all Northern Inland match officials will be held at Tamworth’s Gipps Street clubhouse on Friday 9 April from 6.30pm.

There are also two Level 4 Referee Courses scheduled for those interested in becoming a referee in 2021.

These courses are in Tamworth and Narrabri during the April school holidays.

All new referees receive the $140 Referee Starter Pack which includes:

  • Enrolment in Level 4 Referee Course
  • Laws of the Game book
  • Referee whistle
  • Assistant referee flag
  • Umbro match official shirt (black)
  • Umbro match official shorts (black)
  • Umbro socks (black)
  • Set of red and yellow cards
  • Match record book
  • NNSWF match official registration fee for first season


Level 4 Referee Course – Tamworth
Saturday 10 April 2021
Gipps Street Clubhouse
9am – 5pm
Cost – $140 – New Referee Starter Pack
Register HERE

Level 4 Referee Course – Narrabri
Sunday 11 April 2021
Narrabri Bowling Club
9 – 5pm
Cost – $140 – New Referee Starter Pack
Register HERE

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