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GDFRA 2016 FINALS SERIES PROCEDURES - August, 2016

The 2016 Grand Finals  Procedures are now available online. Click on the link button on the main page for details!!!  It is important that you read the information contained therein; print off a copy and make sure you have it with you during the finals series.  The information can be found under the "Referee's Documents" drop down menu, sub menu "Other Documents & Articles". 

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CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS UNDER 13's GRAND FINAL - October 2015

On Sunday 18th October, 2015 at Valentine Sports Park GDFRA was proudly represented by three of its members.  These were AR's Harrison Towner, Alex Walker and Referee Nicholas Walker.  A photograph have been addedto the Members' Photographs section on the website. To view this go to "Photo Gallery" drop down menu and then click on "Members' Photographs". Proceed to page 17 and click on the last photograph.  Alternatively you can click on the "Photo Gallery" button under "Quick Links" on the left hand side of main page of the website.

Click here to go directly to the new photographs of the Champion of Champions 2015 GDFRA Members.

GDFRA 2015 FINALS SERIES PROCEDURES - August, 2015

The 2015 Grand Finals  Procedures are now available online. Click on the link button on the main page for details!!!  It is important that you read the information contained therein; print off a copy and make sure you have it with you during the finals series.  The information can be found under the "Referee's Documents" drop down menu, sub menu "Other Documents & Articles". 

To proceed direct to the information click on the following button:

UPDATE TO SEND OFF AND INCIDENT REPORTS - May, 2015

The Granville Send Off and Incident Reports, both in hardcopy and electronic form have been updated and can be found by going to the "Referee Reports" page of the website.  To view the updated reports go the the drop down menu bar and click on "Members Information" and then click of sub menu "Referees Documents" followed by sub sub menu "Referee Reports"; now you can click on the appropriate report you required or alternatively go directly there now by clicking on the following Internet Explorer Symbol:

SECOND 2015 GDFRA REFEREES COURSE - February, 2015

GDFRA are conducting its second referees course of 2015 at Glen Fennel Building – Fred Catterson Reserve Field 1, Gilbert Road, Castle Hill, NSW 2154 commencing on March 10th, 2015 beginning at 6.00 pm.  The course will run over 4 weeks.  The cost is $260.00 for seniors and $240.00 for participants under 18 and includes all course materials, membership to GDFRA and all equipment required to referee.

In order to complete the Level 4 course, candidates who are looking to become referees within the GDFRA must first complete the FFA Laws of the Game online course.  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. Once you have done this you can register for the next GDFRA Level 4 Referee's Course in 2015 through MyFootball Club on the following link:

https://education-ffa.sportingpulse.com/event.asp?ID=11822

Click here for a course flyer and click here for an information pack.

If you wish further information please contact Steve Prattent via prattent@bigpond.net.au or on 0417277279 

You must be at least 13 years old to become a referee.

FIRST 2015 GDFRA REFEREES COURSE - February, 2015 

GDFRA are conducting its first referees course of 2015 at Merrylands Bowling and Sports Club, Oxford Street, Merrylands commencing on February 9th, 2015 beginning at 6.00 pm.  The course will run over 4 weeks.  The cost is $260.00 for seniors and $240.00 for participants under 18 and includes all course materials, membership to GDFRA and all equipment required to referee.

In order to complete the Level 4 course, candidates who are looking to become referees within the GDFRA must first complete the FFA Laws of the Game online course.  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. Once you have done this you can register for the next GDFRA Level 4 Referee's Course in 2015 through MyFootball Club on the following link:

https://education-ffa.sportingpulse.com/event.asp?ID=11817

Click here for a course flyer and click here for an information pack.

If you wish further information please contact Steve Prattent via prattent@bigpond.net.au or on 0417277279

You must be at least 13 years old to become a referee.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS OF MEMBERS - September, 2014

Some member's photographs form the recent 2014 Grand Finals have been added to the Members' Photographs section on the website.  To view these go to "Photo Gallery" drop down menu and then click on "Members' Photographs".  Proceed to page 16 and click on the 10th photograph (Gregory, Paul and Zayd) onwards. Seven photographs have been added. Alternatively you can click on the "Photo Gallery" button under "Quick Links" on the left hand side of main page of the website.

Click here to go directly to the new photographs of GDFRA Members.

2014 GDFRA LEVEL 3 REFEREES COURSE IN MAY - April, 2014

The TSC wishes to announce that it has now completed its preparation of the Level 3 Theory Referees Course.  This course is to be run over 4 weeks, for 2 hours a night at Merrylands Bowling and Recreation Club, Oxford Street, Merrylands.

The Course will be run on Wednesday nights in May, beginning on the 7th of May at 7pm.  Further sessions will be conducted on the 14th, 21st and 28th of May.  A cost of $50 will be incurred per participant which must be paid upfront the 1st night of the course.  This fee covers all materials, FFA accreditation fee and venue hire.

To complete the course participants must attend all sessions, complete a workbook and pass an examination (practice materials shall be supplied during the course to each participant).  

Members who wish to then complete the practical component will be required to complete 2 match assessments (conducted by a FFA Accredited Level 3 or higher assessor) on two Adult male matches in GDSFA (U18/1 and higher), a self-assessment exercise and the GDFRA A or B fitness test.

All members will have 2 years to complete all components of the course for their accreditation to be valid.  Any person wishing to complete the course must have turned 16 by the 7th of May as per the Australian Officiating Development Scheme.

Any member wishing for more information should contact Kieran via email at k.fisher18@hotmail.com

To register simply email Kieran and send a copy to the Secretary

THIRD 2014 GDFRA REFEREES COURSE IN APRIL - April, 2014

GDFRA are conducting its third course of 2014 at Club Merrylands, Oxford Street, Merrylands Commencing on Tuesday 29th April, 2014 beginning at 6.00 pm.  The course will run over 3 weeks.  The cost is $250.00 for seniors and $230.00 for juniors and includes all course materials, membership to GDFRA and all equipment required to referee.

Before commencing the course you must complete an online laws of the game component.  You must be at least 13 years old to become a referee.  Click here for a course flyer and click here for an information pack.  If you wish further information please contact Kieran Fisher via k.fisher18@hotmail.com or on 0448898847

SECOND 2014 GDFRA REFEREES COURSE IN MARCH - February, 2014

GDFRA are conducting its second course of 2014 at North Rocks FC Clubhouse, North Rocks Road, North Rocks commencing on Monday 17th March, 2014 beginning at 6.30 pm.  The course will run over 3 weeks.  The cost is $250.00 for seniors and $230.00 for juniors and includes all course materials, membership to GDFRA and all equipment required to referee.

Before commencing the course you must complete an online laws of the game component.  You must be at least 13 years old to become a referee.  Click here for a course flyer and click here for an information pack.  If you wish further information please contact Kieran Fisher via k.fisher18@hotmail.com or on 0448898847

TRAINING WITH NSW STATE LEAGUE REFEREES - February, 2014

NSW State League Referees are happy to have GDFRA referees attend their training.  It is held at Potts Park, (next to the Greyhound Club) Rockwood Road, Yagoona every Wednesday  night from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm.  Training is held every week regardless of the weather.  In the event the track is not able to be used, a technical training sesssion will be held.  Why not come along and do some fitness drills and specialised referees training?  You would be most welcomed to attend.

FIRST 2014 GDFRA REFEREES COURSE IN FEBRUARY - January, 2014

GDFRA are conducting its first course of 2014 at Club Merrylands, Oxford Street Merrylands commencing on Monday 17th February, 2014 beginning at 6.30 pm.  The course will run over 3 weeks.  The cost is $250.00 for seniors and $230.00 for juniors and includes all course materials, membership to GDFRA and all equipment required to referee.

Before commencing the course you must complete an online laws of the game component.  You must be at least 13 years old to become a referee.  Click here for a course flyer and click here for an information pack.  If you wish further information please contact Kieran Fisher via k.fisher18@hotmail.com or on 0448898847

2013 ANNUAL REPORT  - October, 2013

The 2013 Annual Report has been added to the website.  The report can be located under "Members Information" on the main drop down menu (On the Home Page) and scrolling down to the sub menu "Referee's Document" and then the sub sub menu "Referee's Reports" and clicking on it.  If you wish to view the report now then click on the following PDF symbol:

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS U21 WOMENS GRAND FINAL  - October, 2013

On Sunday 20th October, 2013 at Blacktown Sports Park GDFRA was proudly represented by four of its members.  These were AR's Alicia Kotsiopoulos, Warren Kinney, Referee Jarryd McFarlane and 4th Official Paul Elson.  Some photographs have been added to the Members' Photographs section on the website. To view these go to "Photo Gallery" drop down menu and then click on "Members' Photographs". Proceed to page 16 and click on the 7th photograph onwards. Three photographs have been added. Alternatively you can click on the "Photo Gallery" button under "Quick Links" on the left hand side of main page of the website.

Click here to go directly to the new photographs of GDFRA Members.

WHO DO WE REF FOR  - October, 2013

On Saturday 5th October a new partnership was struck in football’s heartland of Western Sydney.  The Western Sydney Wanderers, local Sudanese community and Granville District Football Referees Association (GDFRA) created a new partnership in order to improve the number of qualified referees in Western Sydney, in particular among the Sudanese migrant community.

The first course saw twelve highly motivated members of the local Sudanese community undertake the Level 4 Junior Referee Course.  This course was organised with GDFRA members Steve Prattent and Kieran Fisher covering the education sessions. The course was run over seven hours, with a variety of classroom and practical match scenarios used. 

Tim Thorne, the Community, Pathway and Football Development Manager for Western Sydney Wanderers was on hand during the day. He commented “This is just one of the many initiatives the Wanderers have in place to engage the local community, with the hope it will be extended to other migrant and disadvantaged groups in the future."

The current Assistant Secretary and member of the Technical Sub-Committee of GDFRA Kieran Fisher said “Through the Wanderers and local Sudanese Community this program allows us to not only build up our membership but increase the number of qualified referees in New South Wales.  The day has proven to be very successful and the interest in joining our branch was extremely high, we never know one of these boys may go on to be our next Hyundai A-League or FIFA qualified referee.”  This is sure to be the first in a number of events organised through this new partnership, with referee education and the wider game of football to be further strengthened as a result.

Story by Kieran Fisher, Assistant Secretary – Granville District Football Referees Association.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS OF MEMBERS - October, 2013

Some member's photographs form the recent 2013 Grand Finals have been added to the Members' Photographs section on the website. To view these go to "Photo Gallery" drop down menu and then click on "Members' Photographs". Proceed to page 15 and click on the 7th photograph (Lachlan, Hugh and Claudio) onwards. Twenty photographs have been added. Alternatively you can click on the "Photo Gallery" button under "Quick Links" on the left hand side of main page of the website.

Click here to go directly to the new photographs of GDFRA Members.

LAWS OF THE GAME 2013 - 2014 - July, 2013

FIFA has released the 2013-2014 Laws of the Game and these have been added to the website. PLEASE NOTE: The FIFA Laws of the Game 2013-2014 are the latest available and generally don't come into effect in Australia until 2014 (except for the "A" League).

Please refer to the Technical Sub Committee of GDFRA before following them as there are differences with what we are running with now.

You can also click on the following link to view the material:

http://gdfra.org.au/lawsofthegame_2013_2014e.pdf

2013- 2014 LAW CHANGES - July, 2013

The law changes (mainly offside interpretations) for next year's competitions can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

http://gdfra.org.au/amendmentstothelawsofthegame-2013-2014.pdf

NEXT GDFRA REFEREES COURSE IN MAY - April, 2013

GDFRA are conducting its second course of 2013 at Club Merrylands, Oxford Street Merrylands commencing on Monday 6th May, 2013 beginning at 6.30 pm.  The course will run over 3 weeks.  The cost is $240.00 for seniors and $220.00 for juniors and includes all course materials, membership to GDFRA and all equipment required to referee.

Before commencing the course you must complete an online laws of the game component.  You must be at least 13 years old to become a referee.  Click here for a course flyer and click here for an information pack.  If you wish further information please contact Steven Payne via fuzz1382@bigpond.com or on 0415836907 (before 8 pm only)

REPORT WRITING - April, 2013

The GDFRA Technical Sub Committee has issued some important information on Report Writing.  Please check out the material as it contains some very useful information

A well-written report provides the Judiciary Committee all the information necessary for them to make a decision. It deals entirely with FACT and has no place for OPINION.

Therefore a good report has as its essence -

  • All the relevant details

  • It must be completely objective

This was presented at the April General Meeting and can be viewed by clicking on the following link Report Writing

FOOTBALL NSW REFEREES OVERVIEW - April, 2013

The Football NSW Referees Manager, Kris Griffiths-Jones, presented and explained an overview of what FNSW plans to do in regards to the management and development of referees in NSW.  Please check out the material as it contains some very useful information on plans and career paths for referees and developing more Level 1 and Level 2 Referees and Assessors in NSW.  This was presented at the April General Meeting and can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

Football NSW Referees Overview

GDSFA and GDFRA Local Requirements - March, 2013

The Technical Sub Committee of GDFRA has issued a guide to Local Requirements for both the Football Association and Referees Association.  Please study it well as it contains some very important and useful information.

The Local Requirements Guide can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

GDSFA & GDFRA Local Requirements

Laws of the Game 2012 - 2013 - October, 2012

FIFA has released the 2012-2013 Laws of the Game and these will be added to the website shortly. PLEASE NOTE: The FIFA Laws of the Game 2012-2013 are the latest available and generally don't come into effect in Australia until 2013 (except for the "A" League).

Please refer to the Technical Sub Committee of GDFRA before following them as there are differences with what we are running with now.

You can also click on the following link to view the material:


http://gdfra.org.au/lawsofthegame_2012_2013e.pdf

2012 - 2013 Law Changes - October, 2012

The law changes for next year's competions can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

http://gdfra.org.au/amendmentstothelawsofthegame-2012_2013.pdf

Also in a PowerPoint Presentation:

http://gdfra.org.au/lotg-amendments-2012-2013.

New Online Shopping Store - May, 2012

The online shopping store has been completely revamped with a shopping cart, to make it much easier to order your GDFRA Referee's Uniforms and Equipment.  Why not order a professionally looking polo shirt so that you always look smart when attending meetings or arriving at your games? 

There are three basic areas for selection of your gear and then adding it to your shopping cart: 

1.       Referee’s Uniforms

2.       Other Referee’s Apparel

3.       Referee’s Starter Kits

4.       Whistles, Flags and Cards

5.       Referee’s Accessories

Check out the new referee's online store at  http://gdfra.org.au/refsequipment2012.htm

GDFRA Next Referees Course - May, 2012

GDFRA are conducting its second course of 2012 at Merrylands Bowling, Recreation and Sports Club, Oxford Street Merrylands commencing on Tuesday 29th May, 2012 beginning at 6.30 pm.  The course will run over 5 weeks.  The cost is $55.00 and all course materials will be provided.  You must be at least 13 years old to become a referee.  Click here for a course flyer and click here for an enrolment form.

TAFE Boss's Soccer Secret - May, 2012

The following article was published in the Liverpool Champion dated 16th May, 2012 and written by Paul Haigh.  Titled "TAFE Boss's Soccer Secret"  It is about your webmaster's other life and is but a small snippet of my life in football over the years.

When Liverpool TAFE College Manager Baker arrives at work each day there is always something he never leaves at home.   You might think its his briefcase or folders with important paperwork. Not at all. What he brings with him isn’t for use during his pressing workday. ‘‘The soccer ball is always in the boot of my car,’’ Mr Baker said. ‘‘Soccer has always been a part of my life since I was five, either as as supporter, player, coach, or referee.’’ English-born Mr Baker, now 64, came to Australia as a teenager and never left.

He grew up in London, also spent time in Salford, in the north of England, and lived for a while in Ireland.  He turned his back on a promising goalkeeping career with English club Crystal Palace.  ‘‘I came to Australia on loan to play soccer with Auburn United in the State League,’’ Mr Baker said.  ‘‘Then I decided to stay in Australia and play soccer here. That’s the way my life turned out.  ‘‘I was playing for Crystal Palace’s second grade team and I was there when I was 15 and 16.’’

Mr Baker continued playing soccer at State League level for many years. He still plays soccer and hopes to continue for a few more years yet.  He also adjudicates on young referees and assesses their development in games.  Mr Baker began work as an apprentice fitter, machinist and toolmaker before a long career in engineering.  ‘‘For many years I worked for a big company, Lamson Engineering, and looked after South-East Asia.  I was away a lot travelling and working,’’ he said.  ‘‘Then I wanted to get a job which kept me at home more, and got an offer to start teaching engineering with TAFE.’’ Mr Baker began teaching with TAFE in 1986 and became Liverpool College manager in 2006.

Liverpool TAFE College employs 250 staff and between 6500 and 7000 students study a wide variety of courses and trades.  Mr Baker says his job entails many things including providing adequate resources for teachers and students and making sure administration runs smoothly.  But he admits that he does miss teaching, which he says he found very rewarding.  ‘‘The biggest lift you can get as a teacher is when a student you once taught comes up to you, say five years later, and thanks you for teaching them and remembers you.’’

To read the full article published in the Liverpool Champion click here

AGE NO LIMIT TO MAN IN BLACK - February, 2012

The following article was published in the Parramatta Advertiser dated 1st February, 2012 and written by Steven Deare.  Titled "Age no limit to man in black - Filipczyk back for 33rd season as a Referee".  Wilf is one of GDFRA's longest serving referees and it is fitting that this article has been written about him

Age will not weary him.  At 71 Wilfraed Filipczyk is preparing to lace on the boots, take up the whistle and referee for another soccer season.

If you're playing in the Granville District, chances are you have had - or will have - the Greystanes man controlling your match.  Filipczyk is not just refereeing children's games either.  "I think I might be the oldest active referee in NSW who still does Premier League or Senior 1's", the spritely veteran said.  "I still enjoy it as much as when I started."  "I do it for the sake of the sport, as well as my own fitness."

 That long history means players often remember "Wilf" when he arrives at their own ground on a Saturday.  "I've been doing this for 32 years.  In every team, I know somebody", he told The Advertiser.  Yet is not so easy for him to remember all the players.  "I have people come up and say 'remember me, you refereed me when I was 16'.  "I have to say 'Sorry, I don't remember you'."

Filipczyk started refereeing unofficially when his children, who played for Greystanes, needed a referee for their matches.  After they stopped playing the sport, he registered to become an official.  "I could see how desperate the clubs were for referee," he said.  "I would see the under 9's saying 'Mum we have a referee with the uniform today'.  They enjoy it."

He has gone on to referee countless district and representative matches.  Only once was he assaulted, when a player wanted a corner awarded instead of a goal kick.  At half time the player kicked Filipczyk in the backside.  He laughed off the incident to The Advertiser, and recalled his standard reply to critics.  "A lot of people say 'how much money to you get?".  I say 'not enough to put up with some of you blokes'."

To read the full article as published in The Parramatta Advertiser click here

PERSONAL TRAINING & FITNESS - January, 2012

The Committee is pleased to advise that it has secured the services of a Professional Trainer to get us all fit for the start of the season.  Details of the Training program are as follows: Commencing Tuesday, 24th January, 2012 for 12 consecutive Tuesday nights.  The Venue is PH Jeffery Reserve, Barton Street, North Parramatta.

The sessions will be taken by Marco Divitale, a professional trainer, from Pulse Personal Training & Fitness.

Should the grounds be affected by wet weather and not be safe for training, the secretary will know by say 2pm.   A decision will be made and posted on the web site so that you have ample time to know if training has been cancelled;

Special requirements:  Each participant needs to bring:-

  •   Sufficient amount of water/water bottle. Most parks have taps available should more water be required;

  •   A towel. Some exercises may involve laying on the towel so please ensure you are comfortable with the size of your towel;

  •   Hat and applied sunscreen are optional but recommended at all times;

  •   Any medical aids that you may require (Asthma Inhaler, etc.) 

Training is free for members, and the cost will be met by the Association.  This is an excellent means to prepare for the 2012 season and get yourself into an appropriate level of fitness.  The Committee encourages active members to attend.


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