All games from U9 and up require a community referee. The 11-a-side games follow the regular Laws of the Game, while the 7-a-side and 9-a-side games have adapted junior football rules, including the retreating line. All referees for junior and youth community football games are organised by teams playing on the day and therefore require a volunteer (often parents) to help. Having a qualified community referee attached to the team is a huge asset and can make the game more enjoyable for the players. Please indicate on the enrolment form if you are interested in being a referee.


The course has four modules plus a test to be completed and it doesn't have to be done all at once. At the end of the course you will receive the Community Referee qualification just the same as you would if you attended the course in person.

How to Register
There is two parts to registering for the course. First you must register your attendance through MyComet and then register for access to the course via NZ Football Online. Please follow this guide HERE.


We recommend these resources as 'must-haves' for community referees:

  1. Retreating Line Guide – This has information for the retreating line rule, as well as junior football rules, that are in place for all divisions for U9 to U12.
  2. Laws of the Game 2023-2024 - This is the official Laws from the International Football Association Board (IFAB).
  3. Summary of the 2023/24 changes - This document summarises all Law changes that came into force 1 June 2019.
  4. Laws of the Game Mobile App - The first-ever official mobile app! Get quick access to the Laws of the Game.'