FFA refs to train at new headquarters at AIS
14 Sep 2015
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has announced that referees will undertake training at its new Referee Headquarters at its Centre of Excellence at the AIS in Canberra.
FFA Chief Executive Officer David Gallop made the announcement along with the appointment of Australia’s first three full-time professional referees: Chris Beath, Jarred Gillett and Ben Williams.
Gallop said establishing the three-member panel means FFA is investing a further $300,000 in the referee program across the A-League, W-League and National Youth League.
“Australian football now has a career pathway from the grassroots to the very top of the game,” he said. “This aligns with the Whole of Football Plan, which calls for a lift in the retention rate of grassroots referees from 64 per cent to 90 per cent.
“The project to have a full-time professional referees program is at least three years in the making. I commend Ben Wilson, our Director of Referees, who has worked hard on the implementation and I congratulate Chris, Jarred and Ben.”
The AIS is also home to the FFA’s Joeys program.