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Do you want to become a Referee or learn more about the Laws of the Game?
2017 Referee Courses
Level One Course (full):
This is a 10–12 hour course (four, three hour sessions) where we take an in depth look at the Laws of the Game (LotG) and an explanation of how you can start refereeing. This includes a test at the end of the course. This course is aimed more for the people who are likely to take up refereeing.
Level One Course (Online):
This course has been developed so that you can do most of the course at home, in your own time. The date set for the course is the only session you physically attend a session with an instructor. This session will be about 3 hours in duration and includes the last couple of modules/ units, discussion on other parts of the course and refereeing in general and a test on the Laws of the Game. Ideally you should have completed the online part of the course before the date of the offline part for which you registered. This course is aimed more at those that do not have time to attend the longer course and smaller referee centres, but also for the people who are likely to take up refereeing.
2017 Canterbury Level One Course dates:
Course 1 English Park, Tuesday’s March 14th & 21st, 28th & April 4th (6.30pm 9.30pm) – Completed
Course 2 (online) English Park, Thurs May 11th (6.30pm 9.20pm) – Completed
Course 3 (online) English Park, Mon June 12th (6.30pm 9.30pm) – Transferred to 6th July
Course 4 English Park, Tues 27th, Thurs June 29th, Tues 4th & Thurs 6th July (6.30pm– 9.30pm) – Cancelled
Course 5 (online) English Park, Thurs 27th July (6.30pm 9.45pm)
Level 1 Courses can be conducted for clubs at their own venue, depending on numbers. The above dates will remain, but the venue will be the only change.
Cost: $40 (gst inclusive) per person. CLICK HERE to register via Goalnet.
If you have registered for a referee course in the past (2012 to 2016), you may be in the database, so please click the appropriate link when prompted.
Community Based Referee (CBR) Course:
This is a 3-4 hour course taking a basic view of the LotG. This course is suitable for those who want to become Club Based Referees, Junior Referees or just want to gain a better knowledge of the LotG. This can be held on a day of the weekend, on one weeknight evening or over two week nights. This also includes a test at the end of the course.
2017 Canterbury Community Based Referee (CBR) Course dates:
Course 1 Ferrymead Ale House, Monday 20th March (6pm-10pm) – Completed
Course 2 English Park, Wednesday 22nd March (6pm-10pm) – Completed
Course 3 Selwyn, 1092 Goulds Road, Rolleston., Sunday 26th March (11am-3pm) – Completed
Course 4 Upper Riccarton Domain, Wednesday 29th March (6pm-10pm) – Completed
Course 5 Hurunui Leithfield School Hall , Sunday 23 April (11am-3pm) – Cancelled
Course 6 CSSL – English Park, Tuesday 11th April (6pm-10pm) – Completed
Course 7 Woolston Club, Thursday 27th April (6pm-10pm) – Completed
Course 8 English Park, Thursday 18th May (6pm-10pm) – Completed
Course 9 Kendall Park, Wednessday 14th June (6pm-10pm) – Completed
Course 10 Hornby AFC, Denton Park, Thursday 22nd June (6pm-10pm) – Completed
Course 11 Christchurch United, Christchurch Football Academy, Sunday 2 July (3pm-7pm) – Completed
Course 12 English Park. Thursday 20th July (6pm-10pm)
Community Based Referee Courses can be conducted for clubs at their own venue, depending on numbers, so please get in quickly by emailing Wayne Stapley – email.
Cost: $15 (gst inclusive) per person, to register CLICK HERE.
Futsal Referee Course:
Mainland Football are getting in behind Futsal and have employed a development manager to promote and develop this growing part of the beautiful game. The Futsal Referee Courses are run in a few hours (also with some online content to complete). Futsal has it’s own refereeing pathway, including FIFA Futsal status.
2017 Canterbury Futsal Course dates:
Course 1 (online) Christchurch: Date Sunday 26 March , English Park, (9am-1pm) – Completed
Course 2 (online) Christchurch: Date Friday 7 July, English Park (5.30pm-8.30pm)
Cost: $34.50 (gst inclusive) per person CLICK HERE to register.
If you have registered for a referee course in the past (2012 to 2017), you may be in the database, so please click the appropriate link when prompted.
** Please note, courses may also be available online. That means you do most of the course online yourself and attend a shorter session with a referee instructor.
2017 Course dates other districts, please contact your local representative:
Nelson: Peter Cobeldick
Marlborough: Dave Baker
Mid Canterbury: Wayne Stapley
West Coast: Wayne Stapley
Costs may differ from district to district.
Or for more info on any of the above courses you can contact: Wayne Stapley, Referee Development Officer Mainland Football, Cell 0274 171 576 or email