Shoalhaven District Football Referees Association

Who we are?

Welcome to Shoalhaven District Football Referees Association's website. The SDFRA services the Shoalhaven region, both Football NSW competitions as well as local community football run by the SDFA. Resources for referees and clubs can be found throughout the site via the top menu bar.

So Why Take Up Refereeing:

  • Keep fit and healthy through many games
  • Learn countless new skills
  • Get front row seats to your favourite sport
  • Become part of a close knit team
  • Looks great on a resume
  • Many future refereeing opportunities
  • Become a part of the World Game

So what are you waiting for?! All welcome at our meetings on the third Monday of every month at 7pm.

Also feel free to contact our executive committee (board) through or through our individual email addresses found on the Contact Us page.

News :

SDFA competitions commence on Tuesday, April 2n

Registrations need to be entered online and $70 registration fee is required to be paid.

Information: Warrick - 0438 607 647

WWC Paid employee Working With Children number compulsory for referees to be registered with FNSW. Referees are expected to keep their registration up to date and notify SDFRA of updated registrations.

Referees - remember to complete an incident report should grounds not be using rope & picket fencing on the main spectator boundaries. This only applies to Saturday afternoon SDFA (wide) Mens games and any deferred Mens games played on other days.

Sin Bin Information - (Click link for full SDFA details) - FNSW details found on the resources page.

Temporary Dismissal Rules (sin bin) apply in all SDFA competitions and in Under 16 NPL (FNSW) matches when a player is cautioned for dissent. (AAM/AAW = 10 Minutes - Under 18 = 5 Minutes). The sin-binned player to locate within the Technical Area with their team and cannot be substituted. Such players cannot re-enter the game without the Referee's permission and when the ball is out of play.

Team Officials Yellow and Red Cards - these may now be shown to team officials in SDFA and FNSW games. In these instances - Yellow cards are unrecorded however Red Cards must be followed by an incident report submitted as apart of a match report. (Yellow Card = Tell, Red Card = Remove)



There is a level 4 course for new referees on Sunday 4th August. This is an opportunity to begin your career as a referee. Being a referee is a great opportunity for you to engage in assisting others to enjoy the game that we all love, with the bonus of getting paid to be in the best seats in the house.

The cost for the day is $120, which includes course registration and a basic equipment setup, ready for you run out on the park.

The course will require you to complete a laws of the game quiz online before the course.

There is a plan to hold a practical training session on the same day, with actual in game experience, using the communications gear to be able to give play by play guidance as both Referees and Assistant Referees.

You can register for the course via this link


Yours in football

Greg Clarke

Shoalhaven District Football Referees Association Branch Coach