Football Brisbane has launched new resources designed to support the more than 500 referees that officiate across Football Brisbane matches.
The new Football Brisbane Referees Handbook is an interactive E-Document and will act as a resource that can be easily accessed by referees on the go who need to obtain information quickly. This is supported by a revamped layout of the referees section of the Football Brisbane website by adding a new Referees Hub.
The Referees Hub’s purpose is to make it easier for referees to find the important information they need, to prepare themselves for going out onto the field.
As well as this, a Referee Assistance Program has also been launched that will assist Football Brisbane referees to be able to debrief from matchday situations.
“We are glad to get these new resources and support up and running for our referees and hope that it can make their lives easier in what can be a stressful environment,” said Football Brisbane General Manager Rafe Griffin.
“I would like thank our previous Referee Coach and Development Officer Steve Jones as well as the Referee Working Group for their assistance in developing these items.
“We will improve and increase these resources based on feedback we receive from the referee community.
“These resources will support a record number of referees in the Football Brisbane zone, over 500 this year.
“This is as a result of Football Brisbane heavily lobbying Football Queensland for the introduction of the first-year teal-shirt referee program.
“We have also removed the Football Brisbane referee registration fee component for 2021.
“These initiatives have contributed to over 180 new referees joining the ranks this season which is a fantastic result and proves that our commitment in investing into the referee area is beginning to pay dividends which we should see the full results of over coming years.
“Referees usually will seek support from within the referee community to discuss challenging situations that occur on matchday and we want that level of communication to continue.
“The Referees Assistance Program, launched in collaboration with leading provider AccessEAP, will provide an additional tool for referees to be able to access if they feel that they need broader support outside of that provided by the referee community.”
To see the new resources for yourself simply click on the Referees tab of our website and go to the Referees Hub dropdown item or click here.