February has brought a lot of valuable resources for Match Officials and Referee coaches within Northern NSW and across the State.
Earlier this month, NNSWF held two events, the Northern NSW Annual Match Officials Conference and the Annual Referees Seminar where 200 Match Officials and Referees in total attended across two events, kicking off the upcoming season in a positive way.
The Conference is an opportunity to give Match Officials the chance to update themselves on the latest refereeing developments, and provides a fantastic opportunity to network with other referees. Opened by NNSWF Football Operations Manager Alan Nisbet; Nisbet was joined by a variety of guest speakers including leading referees in NSW, Stephen Laurie, FFA Director of Referees, Ben Wilson, Kate Jacewicz, one of Australia’s leading female match officials, Fox Sports commentator Andy Harper and finally Brad Carlin, Senior Match Official Admin and Development Officer at NNSWF.
Key topics that were covered included:
• “Building Chains of Agreement” – how referees can successfully manage difficult players and situations in games;
• An update on the use of the VAR – video assistant referee – in A-League matches, the trial of red and yellow cards being able to be shown to team officials who are guilty of misconduct, the trial of players being able to be sin-binned in grassroots football, and changes to the National Talent Pathway for referees;
• The sacrifices and hard work it took for Kate Jacewicz to make it to the top;
• Andy Harper provided his views on the VAR from the non-referee point of view;
• Referee recruitment and retention profile campaigns put together by the NNSWF Marketing Department
Overall, the conference was enjoyable and informative for all those involved with the day ending at the Newcastle Jets A-League and W-League teams play against their Melbourne opponents. It has been agreed that there will be another conference in 2019.
The Annual Referees Seminar focused on getting referees in the area to be up to date on changes to the Laws of the Game for the upcoming season, as well as a chance to provide coaching to all referees on how to improve their performance.
The Seminar included a range of referees from first years through to the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League Match Officials.
Guest speakers included:
• Alan Nisbet made a presentation on the growing problem of inappropriate social media activity;
• James Cleal (A-League assistant referee and professional physiotherapist) who provided advice to referees on legal and effective performance-enhancing strategies;
• Rodney Allen and Jordan Langholz (NNSWF Referee Head Coach and Assistant Coach) who educated and examined everyone on the changes to the Laws of the Game for the 2018 season, and on handling dissent during matches;
• Jake Southward who presented to the young referees present on how to recognise fouls and judge their severity; and
• Brad Carlin, who reported on administration and operations matters for the season ahead.
After the great success of both events and from the feedback received from everyone who attended from the enjoyable and informative days, both the Conference and Seminar will be held next year.
For those who missed out on the amazing opportunities, NNSWF is holding a special evening with FFA’s Director of Referees, Ben Wilson and Hyundai A-League Referee, Chris Beath.
This evening will be a great opportunity to learn the insight of Chris’s pathway into his full-time role at FFA and the highlights of his career.
The evening will be held on Friday 2 March at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility at Speers Point from 6.30pm to 8.00pm.
There is no cost to attend, however, places are limited!
Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to learn how to get to the top like Chris!