Referee numbers on the rise
9% more referees registered in 2016
On the back of the growth in player participation for 2016, referees have also seen a significant increase with 9% more officials registered compared to this time last year.
A total of 1258 referees registered, including 20% more female referees compared to 2015.
The Pink Whistle program continued on in 2016, with three meetings conducted. Guest speakers including former Matildas were present to provide female referees with education, development and support, but also to help facilitate the growth in numbers.
Introductory Level 4 referee courses have also grown in numbers, with 45 courses conducted across all metropolitan & regional branches – a 50% increase compared to this time last year. FFV clubs also hosted 20 courses for their players, coaches and parents.
Over 500 participants took part in those courses which is 10% more than last year's total.
The continual recruitment and education of new referees through the Level 4 referee course is crucial in order to increase the standard or refereeing in Victoria, increase the number of active referee on the pitch and to service the growing demand for referees in community football.
Therefore, it has been a priority to make the course accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds and locations.
In addition to new referees, 85 officials upgraded their qualifications to Level 1, 2 or 3 accreditation in 2016.