Coaches and Refs – welcome to 2016!

Robert Nichols is the WVSC Referee Coordinator, for any queries regarding to Refereeing with WVSC in 2016, please send these to


Jewellery – players are not to be wearing Jewellery (and neither are the refs).  Make sure all earrings are out, all bracelets (or bands of any type) are off, all necklaces are off, and all watches are off (NB – a watch is the one piece of jewellery that a ref may wear).  On Saturday I saw a lot of jewellery on players and some on the refs.  Please take action if you see a player wearing jewellery – tell them to take it off.  It is a safety issue.  Taping over an item of jewellery is not acceptable.  The player has a choice – they can take if off and play, or leave it on and not play.

Caps – players (other than goal keepers) are not permitted to wear a hard brimmed hat.  Soft foam caps are okay.  This is a safety issue and refs must not allow a player to wear a hat with a hard brim.

Hoodies – no player may play in a hoodie – it is a safety issue and refs must not allow a player to wear one.

Call fouls and infringements – if you see a foul then call it (blow that whistle).  There were many throw ins (particularly in the first half of the day) where a player was lifting their foot during a throw in.  This is a foul throw and you need to turn the throw in over to the other side.

Goal scored – when a goal is scored, point to the centre of the pitch, where the kick off will occur from.  There is no need to blow the whistle when a goal is scored (unless it is a very tight call and you need to make it clear that a goal was scored).

Subs – a sub may only come onto the field when the player being subbed has LEFT the field.  The sub process should occur at halfway. If this is not happening correctly then tell the person coming on to leave the field and then enter the field at the correct spot and correct time.

For short sided matches, subs may happen at any time, but if you see this problem occurring, then when the ball next goes out do not let play restart until you have let the relevant coach know what is required.

Start matches on time or reduce time – Ideally start your match on time.  If, however, this is not possible then reduce the length of each half by an amount of time that will ensure you end at the scheduled time.  Remember – each half must be the same length of time.  So, if there are meant to be two 30 minute halves and you need to make up 4 minutes, then reduce each half by 2 minutes.  Tell the coaches and captains that you are doing this at the start of the match.

Match Cards – you must collect these BEFORE the match starts, with the players’ names and shirt numbers on them at a minimum.  The ref should have possession of the match card during the match.

For new referees there will be two different course offered and Instructing Referee and Level 4 course. The details for the course are as follows:

All details can be found at

Game Leader

  • This is course has been specifically designed for new junior referees aged 13 and 14.
  • At the completion of this course you will be able to referee minirros games from under 6 to under 11.
  • This is a practical course taking 2 hours
  • Cost $85 course fees and registration as a Capital Football Referee

Level 4 Referee

  • This course is designed for new referees of all ages who want to referee junior football (It is recommended for new referees aged 15 years and above)
  • At the completion of this course you will be able to referee 11 v 11 matches
  • Courses are run over a full day of classroom work and a self-guided online Laws of the Game module beforehand. On the Wednesday night following the course there is a practical training session. This will run from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Cost $110 includes course fees, 2016 Law Book,  and registration as a Capital Football Referee