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 Note: Our next Meeting is our Annual Seminar which will be held early in 2018 at the Merrylands Sports Club, Oxford Street, Merrylands starting at 7.00 pm. GDFRA will continue to be a proactive Referee's Association who are continuously developing qualified and experienced referees for the future of the game.


GDFRA - 110 years supporting Referees' Development.  Our aim is to recruit, retain and continuously develop sufficient qualified referees to meet the current and future needs of the game.  We wish to raise the quality, status and benefits of refereeing, for the good of Members and in the interests of the game. 

Referee at a Junior GameWelcome to our website which we trust is a useful resource for not only GDFRA members but referees world wide.  Your comments and suggestions are always welcomed and as such your webmaster would appreciate any feedback.

Refereeing can be an exciting and challenging position providing you with the best seat in the game.  So whether your wanting to give back something to the sport you love, earn some extra pocket money or have ambitions of refereeing local, State, National or International levels, this is where you can start.  Refereeing is not just about knowing the Laws of the Game, but also applying them correctly, understanding how the game unfolds, player management and your own personality.  It also helps to develop life skills and confidence, maintains and improves fitness levels without the bumps and bruises that players sustain.  If you are interested in becoming a referee please contact us by emailing our Secretary.

Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, during the season, at Merrylands Bowling and Recreation Club, Oxford Street, Merrylands.  The next meeting is our annual seminar, which will be held at the Merrylands Bowling and Recreation Club, early in 2018. 

New Year 2018

Happy New Year to all GDFRA members, families, friends and referees worldwide.

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Laws of the Game History

2017 LOTG Amendments Video

LOTG 2017/2018 

LOTG 2017/2018 Modifications  Laws of the Game 2017/18 Modifications to the Laws by national FAs, including: • Guidelines for Temporary dismissals (sin bins) • Guidelines for Return substitutions

LOTG 2017/2018 - Law Changes Summary  Laws of the Game 2017/18 Summary of Law Changes for Players, Coaches and the Media


All Age Ladies 5 Grand Final Photographs - September 2017

Referee at a Junior Game



A couple of photgraphs of our referee's team of the AAL5's Grand Final held on Sunday 10th September 2017 at Blacktown Football Park between Eastern Creek and Lidcmbe Waratah can be viewed in our GDFRA Members' Photo Gallery.

AAL5 Grand Final Referee's Team Photographs To go directly to these photographs.



Legea Member of the Month NSWSLFR - June 2017

Emma Higgins - NSWSLR June 2017 Member of the Month 

Popular NSWSLFR and GDFRA referee, Emma Higgins, was the NSW State League Referees Legea Member of the Month recipient for June; her regular smiling face at training with a constant supply of cup cakes is welcomed by her colleagues.  She is always happy and helpful to other members and the FNSW Appointments Officer by going out of her way to accept extra games.  Nothing is too much trouble for Emma and her efforts are very much appreciated by all she comes in contact with.  NSWSLFR President Robert Colombo presented Emma with a $100 Legea voucher kindly donated by Legea Australia.




FNSW Insurance Website - January 2017

A new Insurance e-Resource that will provide clubs with access to more detailed insurance information is now available on the FNSW JLT Insurance websiteThis includes Personal Injury Insurance which provides cover for registered players, match officials and club officials who suffer an injury during official training, games, sanctioned tournaments and events, sanctioned tours and representative matches and travel to or from an official training or game.  The main benefits claimable are non-Medicare Medical benefits including ambulance, physiotherapy, chiropractic, dental, private hospital accommodation, loss of income and student assistance.  

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