FFA responds to referee development concerns Print
Written by Lyall Gorman, FFA   
Thursday, 31 March 2011 18:31

Following is a letter from Lyall Gorman, Head of the Hyundai A-League, sent out to a number of top-level referees and refereeing administrators on 31 March 2011.

Dear all

I am writing to you regarding the national elite referee strategy moving forward. As you are aware, Football Federation Australia last week announced a new management structure designed to deliver on the strategic priorities for the organisation over the next four years. These include elite performance of our national teams on the international stage, consolidation and growth of the Hyundai A League (sic) and related national competitions and enhancing vital connections with the game’s grassroots participation base.

This review of the strategic priorities followed the conclusion of the last four year World Cup cycle and the World Cup and Asian Cup bid projects. As part of this organisational restructure a number of positions in the organisation became redundant including the position of "National Elite Referees Instructor" held by Gary Power.

I understand that there may be some concern that this decision may somehow reflect a reduction in the commitment of FFA to referee development and a lack of recognition of the importance of the referee program within the game more generally. I wish to reassure you that this is not the case. Refereeing generally, including recruitment, talent identification, development, technical excellence, referee satisfaction and retention, is recognised as a critical contributor to the future growth and success of football in Australia. The structure and delivery of referee programs, starting with the elite program, forms a key part of a more detailed strategic planning process that is currently underway.

As part of this process, we are consulting with the elite referees leadership group. Also I would welcome any input you may wish to offer and will advise you of the outcome of the planning process as soon as practicable.

Yours sincerely
Lyall Gorman
Head of A-League

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 March 2011 18:37