Mic’d up referees give a valuable insight

Being a referee is a tough gig. There’s pressure on each decision, screaming fans roaring over every call and constant criticism if things go wrong.

Often we watch a game and look at a referee’s adjudication of an incident without us being offered a chance to see the reasoning behind it. When a decision is made, it sometimes leaves us scratching our heads as to how the referee came to their conclusion.

In Australia at least, it could all be changing very quickly. Experienced referee Jarred Gillett took part in his final A-League match between Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers before heading to the Championship in England – and had a microphone to record every decision, player conversion and communication between each of the other officials.

This coverage by Fox Sports was a rare insight into how officiating works and for the world game it’s something that’s innovative.

Other major sporting codes around the world use microphones to give viewers a better understanding for what is going on. With soccer leagues and tournaments slowly converting to Video Assistant Referees (VAR), microphones could be of great use as referees deliberate on their final decision.

Fox Sports and Football Federation Australia should seriously consider paving the way for microphone usage, which should enhance the A-League experience.

The match with Gillett received positive reviews and would be something new to see for the world game if this is pursued further.

In case you missed it, here’s the example of how microphone usage can work:


Liam Watson is a Senior Journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on international football policy, industry matters and industry 4.0

Football Victoria opens expressions of interest for Women & Girls Youth Advisory Committee

Football Victoria (FV) have announced that expressions of interest are now open for their Women & Girls Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).

Football Victoria (FV) have announced that expressions of interest are now open for their Women & Girls Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).

The YAC will unite young women aged between 14-21 to lead positive change in the football industry. The group will have a direct line of communication with Football Victoria and will have a platform to discuss ideas, create change and drive engagement for women & girls in football.

The YAC is representative of the diverse voices of Victoria’s youth, advocates for issues affecting women and girls’ participation and will lead a project that aims to address key issues that women & girls face.

The selection criteria are as follows:

  • Identify as female.
  • 14-21 years of age.
  • Interested in representing/contributing to the views of young women on participation in football.
  • Interested in developing committee skills and experience with relevance to sport and football.
  • Available to participate in fortnightly meetings and committee activities from October – December 2021 with possibility to extend.

Benefits of Membership:

By joining YAC, you will contribute to the strengthening of links between young women and girls and Football Victoria, whilst being able to inform FV of issues relating to young women and girl’s participation in football.

Further contributions will include:

  • Provision of advice to inform the development of programs and projects specific to young women and girls in football.
  • Conduct research and consultations among young women in Victoria regarding participation in football.
  • Provision of a platform for young women and girls to advocate for priorities that are important to them.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Development of a Youth Action Plan to be presented to the Football Victoria Leadership Group mid December 2021.

FV encourages applications from young people from diverse communities including: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, LGBTQI, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and young people living with a disability/impairment.

If being a part of Football Victoria’s Women & Girls Youth Advisory Committee interests you, submit your expression of interest by 5:00pm Wednesday, October 20, 2021 HERE.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via email by October 29, 2021. The first meeting of the YAC will follow shortly after.

North Sunshine Eagles FC to move into $8.4 million facility

North Sunshine Eagles FC’s entire junior setup will be based out of More Park in 2022, a newly redeveloped $8.4 million facility in Ardeer.

The facility itself, amongst other things, has two full size rectangular pitches, a 21x12m fully enclosed futsal court, a mini pitch (suitable for miniroos), competition standard (200 lux) lighting, four female-friendly changerooms as well as a fully accessible sports pavilion, community social room and expanded carpark.

The club, which has continued to grow its number of registered players over multiple years, has been working with the local Brimbank City Council for a while to move on its juniors from previous homes of Bon Thomas Reserve and Lloyd Reserve.

“Over the years, we’ve been developing and expanding the club to a stage where we couldn’t continue with the levels of kids we were having at these facilities,” President of North Sunshine Eagles FC, Memet Selimi, told Soccerscene.

Selimi explained that the competition for use of the facility was hotly contested, but the club’s strong work in the area, particularly in engaging migrant communities was heavily favoured by the local council.

“We put forward a very solid application for the facility,” he said.

“Ultimately, there were several other big clubs that had applied for the position as well.

“The facility itself was traditionally a softball facility, but it never had a winter tenant – so it was pretty much always just used in the summer time and there was a big space to fill.

“Clearly, council established that there was capacity here, they wanted a winter tenant and they found us to be the most suitable candidate.

“It’s been a bit of a process, but we’re really excited about the idea of being there now for the start of next season.”

The club’s senior setup is set to remain at their home base of 30 years at Larissa Reserve in St Albans, however, Selimi revealed competitive senior matches may be played due to the improved lighting setup at More Park.

“We are looking at engaging in the possibility of playing night matches, once we run it past Football Victoria for approval,” he said.

“We will look at matches at night that will generate numbers and logistically be easy to deal with.

“Ultimately, Larissa will continue to be our home base for the seniors, but More Park will hopefully host a number of senior matches in the future.”

The club, which has a strong history going back over 50 years, are set to benefit in a multitude of ways from moving to the new facility, as is the local community – according to Selimi.

“It’s a great facility, it’s got everything we need,” he said.

“Its’s unique as well, for example, it’s got a really cool caged football setup – which is exactly something you would see in Europe or South America. It will develop a player’s skills at a much more intricate level.

“We want to grow football within the female community and engage as much as possible. We feel it’s an incredible opportunity for the club and we have grown those junior female numbers over the past few years at an exponential rate. With the new facilities we can continue to do that, with the grounds, the increased capacities and the changerooms which cater for females.

“Overall, from a footballing and club perspective, it’s going to allow us to expand our juniors, our women’s football and just create a better environment for everyone.

“From a community standpoint, it will also allow us to connect with the local migrant demographics we are trying to engage and really just try to provide an affordable option for people in the area. It’s unfair for a talent to miss out on possibilities because clubs are charging $2000 a season; we charge much less and work with individuals on things like payment plans, or trying to sponsor them, as well as other combinations as a club to make sure they don’t miss out on these chances.”

The club is extremely grateful for the improved setup at More Park for its juniors and hopes a few facility tweaks at Larissa Reserve will round out the good news.

“It will be incredible if we could seek out some funding for Larissa in regards to an upgraded carpark and lighting, but beyond that we can’t really complain,” Selimi said.

“What we’ve received up to this point is fantastic and it’s really up to us now to take it, run with it and grow our club even further – which would be great.”

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