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 :

New SDFRA Level Four Course, 3/2/19

3rd February, 2019.

8.30 AM- 4.30 PM

Event Location


Other Information

cost $120 includes lunch and start up Pack

Contact name

Kirsty Clee







Email address

Course Description

To undertake this training program you must be at least 13 years of age and have successfully passed the online Laws of the Game within the past two years.

This training program is aimed at match officials officiating in junior and youth matches.

The program consists of theory modules, practical sessions and practical mentoring in matches as a referee and assistant referee.

Upon completion of all components referees will be officially qualified as a Level 4 Referee. The qualification is valid for a period of up to 4 years.

Who should do this Course

Anyone who wants to referee 11 v 11 football at a local level. Every referee - even World Cup referees - start from here.

Accreditation is compulsory in accordance with FFA National Registration Regulations.


New Referees - Contact Joel at 0408 414 269 about registration

WWC Paid employee Working With Children number compulsory for referees to be registered with FNSW.

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)