Regional Match Official Development Program returns for 2024

Northern NSW Football is excited to announce that the Regional Match Official Development Program will return in 2024. 

Under the NSW Football Legacy Plan – Women in Football Scholarships, there will be up to 10 scholarship positions available for match official development. 

Scholarships are now open to female match officials 16-years and older who have at least 12 months experience as a match official and are registered to a NNSWF-affiliated association in 2023. 

The objective of the program is to expose match officials to varying environments and create opportunities for new experiences on which they can reflect and develop.

The program is an opportunity for 10 regional-based female match officials to officiate on premier competition fixtures up to three times in the 2024 season. This includes NPL NNSW, Premier Youth League or Junior Development League competitions as well as the Women's State Cup in July.  

Northern NSW Football Legacy Plan Development Officer Helen Moseley was thrilled to be able to give further opportunities to match officials in regional areas of northern NSW. 

“The Regional Match Official Development Program will provide 10 female match officials from regional areas an opportunity for further development,” Moseley said. 

“While we do have Talented Match Official Camps linked with the Community State Youth Championships and Champion of Champions tournaments, this program is an individual approach, targeting the development of our female match officials.

“We are confident that through exposure to a different environment within their role, we can provide an opportunity for development and to further establish a passion for match officiating. 

“With up to three visits for each scholarship recipient, the program has important educational and social aspects by connecting with new teams of referees as well as receiving feedback with an opportunity to reflect and implement this before returning for another go.”