Football Queensland (FQ) have announced the appointment of Jacqui Hurford as the new State Referee Manager.
As part of the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan for football in Queensland, the appointment of Hurford as State Referee Manager is one of the key initiatives already into affect along with others that are set to be launched in the coming months concentrating on improving recruitment, retention and support for referees in the state.
FQ’s General Manager of Operations Murray Bird spoke about how Hurford’s appointment will help shape the future of refereeing, by building on the number of quality referees and coaches across the state.
“I am delighted to welcome Jacqui to the Football Queensland team; she will bring a wealth of knowledge as a former international FIFA referee, and from her current roles as instructor/assessor for FFA and AFC and Westfield W-League Referee Coach,” Bird said.
“Jacqui’s appointment aligns with a focus on bettering the experience for all involved in the game as outlined in FQ’s strategic plan, and will see her take on a community-focused leadership role.
“We intend to double the number of registered referees by 2022, which will require ongoing consultation and collaboration with regional referee coordinators to ensure we recruit and retain officials to serve and enhance the game.
“We also want to increase the number of women and girls officiating across the state, and Jacqui is a great example for women and girls getting into the game.”
Hurford spoke about the role she will play with the challenges and opportunities she’ll take out of it.
“Football Queensland’s commitment to significant reform in the referee space was something that attracted me to this role,” she said.
“There is a shortage of match officials across the state and I understand that addressing this and driving participation and retention of referees will be a key focus of the position.
“FQ will be employing referee coaches for the NPL/FQPL/NPLW in the coming weeks. My role will entail working closely with those appointments to improve officiating standards in the state’s premier leagues.
“I will also be working hard on bridging the gap between the referee community and FQ’s member clubs and zones.
“We all need to work together and referees are an important piece in unifying the game to ensure that Queensland remains a leader in officiating both nationally and internationally.”
Hurford will officially take her position from Thursday the 9th of January 2020.