Referees stand with the Clubs 

Football South Australia is pleased to announce and commend the Referee Community on their decision to provide financial relief to the clubs by accepting a reduction in Referee Fees for the 2020 season. 

A meeting of the Senior Referee Panel and Football South Australia was held on Monday 8 June 2020. The purpose of the meeting was to seek support from the Referee Community to assist in addressing the significant financial impact that has been experienced by clubs due to COVID-19 and the suspension of football. 

The proposal presented to the Football SA Referee Committee and Senior Referee Group has been reviewed and endorsed. The acceptance of this proposal will see a reduction in Referee Fees across the following competitions: 

  • Senior Men’s Competitions – NPL, State League 1 and 2 
  • Women’s National Premier League 
  • Women’s Community Leagues 
  • Collegiate League 
  • Masters League 
  • Junior Boys and Girls Competitions

Football SA CEO, Michael Carter said 

"Football SA would like to commend the Referees for the support that they have provided. This is another illustration of our stakeholders working together for the good of the game. 

We are fully aware of the financial impact that COVID-19 has had on the sporting landscape and I congratulate the football community for being unified in our approach during this difficult time.” 

Rick Schneider – State Referee Committee Chairperson said 

"We have worked with Football SA to find a payment structure which assists clubs with their reboot into competitions while minimizing as much as possible the impact on refereeing and our match officials. However, I acknowledge that the reduction in payments will have an impact on match officials and I thank them for their understanding in these unprecedented times. 

We acknowledge and understand the bigger picture that the football community currently finds itself in and are proud to contribute to the financial viability of the leagues moving forward. I look forward to this act of goodwill being shared across the footballing community”