Football Queensland’s investment into referees across the state has led to the development of multiple initiatives and appointments within the past year.
The governing body has committed funds towards raising standards and increasing the number of registered officials, whilst also strengthening pathways and support measures.
“FQ recognises that the quality and number of referees we have at all levels in Queensland is imperative to the overall participation experience and growth of the game,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“The progressive initiatives implemented since last November have contributed to excellent progress, with an encouraging 9.6% increase in registrations already recorded in 2020, but we know there is more important work ahead to realise our Strategic Plan target of reaching 2,200 referees by 2022.
“With more development coordinators, appointment coordinators and quality coaches now supporting our match officials, particularly in regional areas, we’re heading in the right direction.”
Initiatives introduced before and during this season include the introduction of the teal shirt, pink armband and first year referee pack.
New education and communication methods have been created, with 16 referee coaching sessions already conducted in 2020.
The FQ Referee Academy, launched in July of this year, is also an important program for those building towards a professional career.
“It’s an exciting time to be a referee in Queensland,” FQ State Referee Manager Jacqui Hurford said.
“We have always produced top-quality referees and there are now more support measures than ever to keep everyone from the grassroots up fully engaged and passionate about what they do.
“FQ’s care for personal wellbeing and development with initiatives like RefLIVE and the e-learning platform is especially important at the moment.
“We look forward to that having a positive effect on retention and registration growth over the next couple of years.”