Football Brisbane will make its component of referee registration fees free for registered referees and assessors for the 2021 season as part of its strategy at better supporting match officials.
In previous years, Football Brisbane charged $79.50 for under 18s and $95.00 for over 18s for its registration fees while assessors paid $20.00 each.
The free registration component has has been introduced after consultation with clubs who identified that recruitment and retention of referees were major priorities in order to provide greater coverage of matches by Football Brisbane match officials.
Football Brisbane General Manager, Rafe Griffin said, “This has been something that has been on our radar for a number of years and it’s great that we’re now in a position to be able to deliver on this initiative. I thank the Football Brisbane Board for having the foresight to support this.”
“In speaking to referees, one of the barriers in either becoming a referee in the first place or returning to refereeing each season is the significant start-up costs involved. This goes some way to removing one of those obstacles.”
“This initiative demonstrates Football Brisbane’s commitment to support Football Queensland’s strategic goal of doubling the number of referees by 2022.”
The Football Federation Australia ($4.00 in 2020) and Football Queensland (2020 fees – $55.00 for under 18 and $94.00 for over 18) registration components are expected to remain in place for 2021.
This announcement also comes on the back of the recent exercise to call for expressions of interest to join the Referees Working Groups.
The Working Groups consist of the following members:
|Senior Working Group||Youth Working Group|
|Kianna Aquilina-Henderson||Patrick Harling|
|Paul Melville||Tony Fraser|
|Brad Drummond||Glen Bell|
|Michael Bozhoff||Hayden Bentley|
|Jake Beith||Matt Williams|
|Steve Wild||Taran Saunders|
Griffin adding, “It was pleasing to see so many applications to join the Working Group which indicates that there is a good level of engagement within the refereeing community in actively wanting to help out their fellow team members. The groups have already had an initial meeting where there was a lot of excellent dialogue and the ideas began to flow. I’m confident that they will make a valuable contribution to the direction of refereeing in Brisbane.”
The groups will meet regularly and assist Football Brisbane in identifying strategies that can be implemented operationally by Football Brisbane.