Referees are an integral part of the football family and their performance is crucial to the the development of the game in New Zealand.
New Zealand Football, through its Referees Committee (NZFRC) ensures that the 'consumers' (the players) and the game have referees who are fair, fit, focused and competent.
All referees need the backing of a formal, broad, comprehensive, and systematic professional development process, similar to one they would undertake in their full-time careers.
All referees at various stages in their development and, no matter where they live in New Zealand, must undertake a formal development, accreditation and reaccreditation process. This three-stage formal development programme contains units that support the professional development of referees. These units provide referees with the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge to referee at an appropriate level and before they are assessed in their performance on the field at higher levels of the game.
The NZ Football Referee Development Schedule is the foundation document, and describes the career pathways and professional development of all referees and their supporting colleagues.
In 2009, New Zealand Football adopted the Respect programme to create, preserve and enhance a football environment where referees can officiate matches without being subjected to abuse by players, coaches or spectator. Find out more about the Respect programme.