FFA Announces 2016/17 Match Official Panels Print E-mail
Written by FFA   
Friday, 30 September 2016 12:39

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today released the names of the Match Officials that will control matches during the upcoming Hyundai A-League, Westfield W-League and Foxtel National Youth League competitions.

Referee Kurt Ams returns to the Hyundai A-League Referees panel, four years since his last appointment, having worked his way back through the PS4 National Premier League. Ams will be joined on the panel by Jonathan Barreiro, who made his debut last season, and Daniel Elder both of whom have been promoted from the Hyundai A-League Fourth Official panel.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 September 2016 12:52
Laws of the Game 2016/17 Print E-mail
Written by Scott Ferguson   
Friday, 15 April 2016 18:05

The International Football Association Board have released the text of the 2016/17 Laws of the Game document.

The new laws represent the biggest overhaul of the laws in many years, with a number of substantial changes being made particularly in the treatment of denying obvious goal-scoring opportunities.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 April 2016 18:21
2014 FIFA Match Officials Print E-mail
Written by FFA   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 14:32

Alan Milliner, Kirralee Andruschak & Casey Reibelt are the latest Australian match officials to receive their FIFA Refereeing badges after FIFA recently announced the 2014 international referees list.

Football Federation Australia Director of Referees, Ben Wilson, is very proud of Australia's latest additions and also the continuing members of the international refereeing panel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 January 2014 15:12
Under-pressure video referees to explain decisions Print E-mail
Written by Dean Ritchie, The Daily Telegraph   
Friday, 30 August 2013 19:33

The NRL will revolutionise rugby league forever on Friday with under-pressure video referees to publicly explain their decisions to millions of Channel Nine viewers.

The Daily Telegraph can exclusively reveal that video refs will be called upon to explain each contentious decision to television fans for the next two NRL rounds and then throughout the finals series.

FFA takes a stand against its 'rebel' referees Print E-mail
Written by Val Migliaccio, The Advertiser   
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 13:14

Football Federation Australia issued a stern warning to uncontracted referees when rookies handled two A-League friendly matches over the weekend.

The A-League's top flight match officials shock match day omissions comes after FFA reportedly locked out 22 A-League uncontracted officials from last weekend's AIS-based referees preseason assessment in Canberra.

FFA made a strong stand when Jarred Gillett - the A-League's 2012 grand final referee - was scrubbed off officiating at the Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Heart clash on Monday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 13:17
Rebel refs may boycott A-League Print E-mail
Written by Val Migliaccio, The Advertiser   
Thursday, 22 August 2013 23:07

Football Federation Australia officials will continue planning for the A-League season despite rebel out-of-contract FIFA-badged referees threatening to boycott the competition.

With the A-League kick off just 51 days away, Canberra’s AIS complex will see a definitive story unfolding on Friday.

Only contracted FFA’s FIFA-badged officials are expected turn up for a three-day match officials’ assessment.

FFA holds firm on A-League's rebel refs Print E-mail
Written by Iain Strachan, Goal Australia   
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 19:12

The governing body of football in Australia appears unmoved by the demands of referees for better compensation, and expects the offer of a rise in match payments to be accepted.

Football Federation Australia are standing their ground in a dispute with A-League match officials, insisting they expect all referees to sign new contracts ahead of the 2013-14 season.

A-League referees on collision course with FFA Print E-mail
Written by Goal Australia   
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:27

Australian football's governing body has a potential crisis looming ahead of the 2013-14 campaign, with referees and their assistants demanding a better deal from administrators.

A-League match officials are refusing to sign contracts for the upcoming season due to serious concerns over a lack of support from Football Federation Australia.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 15:37
Family of Utah soccer referee who died calls on players to control tempers Print E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 06 May 2013 14:22

SALT LAKE CITY — Family members of a Utah soccer referee who died a week after a player punched him in the head called on athletes around the world Sunday night to hold their tempers in check so another family doesn't have to suffer.

They spoke at a candlelight vigil held on the front lawn of the Salt Lake City home of Ricardo Portillo, 46. Wearing white shirts and holding signs that read, "In loving memory of Ricky," family and friends stood around a table that had a picture of Portillo raising his arms in victory, with flowers and candles surrounding it.

Utah referee punched by player dies in hospital Print E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 05 May 2013 13:32


A Utah soccer referee who slipped into a coma after being punched by a teenage player during a game a week ago died Saturday night, police said.

Ricardo Portillo, 46, of Salt Lake City passed away at the hospital, where he was being treated following an assault, Unified police spokesman Justin Hoyal said.

Police have accused a 17-year-old player in a recreational soccer league of punching Portillo after the man called a foul on him and issued him a yellow card.

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