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 Note:  Our next General Meeting will be held on Monday 3rd April 2017 at the Merrylands Sports Club, Oxford Street, Merrylands starting at 7.00 pm for the Junior Meeting and 7.30 pm for the Main Meeting.   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 - 109 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, which will be held at the Merrylands Bowling and Recreation Club, is on Monday 3rd April 2017.  The Junior meeting starts at 7.00 pm and the General meeting starts at 7.30 pm and finishes at 9.30 pm.

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Third 2017 GDFRA Referees Course - 23rd April 2017


GDFRA are conducting its third referees course of 2017 at Merrylands Soccer Clubhouse, Merrylands Park corner of Merrylands Rd and Burnett St, Merrylands commencing on Sunday 23rd April 2017 beginning at 9.00 am (registration at 8.45 am) and finishing at 4.30 pm.  The cost is $60.00.

Before commencing the Level 4 course you must complete an online laws of the game component.  You must be at least 13 years old to become a referee.  This course is FREE to anyone and can be completed in your own time, with candidates who successfully complete the course receiving a certificate online as proof of completing the course.

Click on the following link to start your journey:


To register now for the February 2014 course click on the "Register Now" button below:

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Annual Seminar - January 2017

Our Annual Seminar which will be held at the Merrylands Bowling and Recreation Club on Saturday 11th March 2017 starting at 10.00 am and finishing at 4.00 pm will cover details of the New Laws of the Game changes together with information on the upcoming 2017 season and standard operating procedures.  An agenda will follow in the near future.

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.  

Sunday Referees Run Resume - January 2017

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In keeping with past years and the aim of maintaining our fitness for next season, you are invited to join fellow members for a run around Parramatta Park.

This is not a supervised training session, just an easy 2.5km road run followed by coffee at the café for those interested.

Resumes on Sunday 15th January 2017

Meet at 8 am for an 8:10 am start at the first car park on the left inside the Pitt Street entrance.

The Committee encourages all members to participate.

2017 Referees Fees - December 2016

2017 Referees Fees  For next seasons match fees for FNSW games and local districts' games.

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