Football Victoria has announced a new Level 3 course for Futsal referees, with the intention of strengthening refereeing for the small sided game.
The course will certify anyone 13 years or older to referee Football Victoria sanctioned Futsal matches, and will be hosted by FIFA/AFC Futsal Referees Instructor Adrian Tamplin.
Held virtually in two parts, the course will conclude with an exam and practical session. The date of this third part is yet to be announced.
The course aims to get as many referees qualified as possible, as the COVID pandemic has reduced the number of referees available for all sports. Football Victoria is seeking to further engage women referees through their development of Futsal-specific courses.
Anthony Grima, head of Futsal and Commercial at Football Victoria, said there has been a strong response to the announced course.
“Because of the situation we are in with COVID, we have given participants the flexibility of hosting this course virtually, and we have had an overwhelming response from all around Victoria,” he said.
“It’s essential that we have referees qualified to ensure the best possible football experiences for the players as well.”
Grima adds that the opportunity for a Victorian to represent their state at national and international tournaments is a possibility.
“There are opportunities out there for advancement, which are pathways for referees to represent their state at the national futsal championships,” he said.
“There are 5 FIFA futsal accredited referees in Australia, and they are all from NSW. I’d like for the next Futsal FIFA referee to be from Victoria.”
The course will cost $150, with registration closing at 5pm Friday 16th July. It will be held on the following dates:
Part 1: Virtual – Tuesday 20th July 2021, 7pm – 10pm
Part 2: Virtual – Tuesday 3rd August 2021, 7pm – 10pm
Part 3: Exam & Practical Session – Date TBA
Follow this link to find more information about the course or register your interest.