Become a soccer referee in the Adelaide Hills

The Adelaide Hills Referees’ Branch (AHRB) provides training and support to match officials who referee in the AHJFA competition.

Our members also referee Football SA matches in the Adelaide Hills (and the city if you choose) including State League, JPL/JSL boys and girls, Collegiate men, SAASL men and community women.

Ongoing training for referees

As an AHRB referee, you will have full access to a wide range of training and coaching opportunities that are part of the pathway for all Australian and FIFA match officials.

To keep your skills and knowledge up to date, we hold regular coaching sessions between February and September. Special guests at these events include current and previous A-League, W-League and FIFA referees.

Active refereeing is important to your ongoing development. We appoint you to matches according to your level of experience and skills. Our Appointments Coordinator aims to work around any club affiliations, playing commitments or family responsibilities you may have.

If you are a new referee, we will send a mentor to give you coaching on your first matches. We continue to provide young as well as experienced referees with on and off field coaching throughout the year.

Some of our match officials also gain extra experience through opportunities to referee the National Premier Leagues, state and country championships and talent identification carnivals.

You are also welcome to take up additional weekly training and coaching sessions run by Football SA in the city.

Personal and professional benefits

Become a referee and develop important life skills including communication, leadership, teamwork, assertiveness, people management and decision-making.

Refereeing is a respected profession to add to your CV. As you need to be at least 13 years old, this is often the first casual job many of our referees have.

It can improve your fitness and allow you to stay involved in the game for longer. Importantly, refereeing also develops life-long friendships.

You are also paid for your services, so the financial incentive is also an attractive benefit.

How to become a referee

Key contacts

Who to contact

General enquiries:

To inform referees about last minute problems due to bad weather or pitch conditions; or to advise us if a referee does not arrive, contact the Appointments Coordinator.

Requests for match officials for matches and rescheduled fixtures must be through the competition organiser (AHJFA, FFSA etc.). This will ensure the match and/or change has been sanctioned and the appointment notifications flow through to the referees via our online program.

AHRB Executive


Sam Le Gallou

0400 258 949

Appointments Coordinator

Will Tinkler

0455 410 777


Lachlan Mowbray

Executive members

Rowan Wilson, Casey Paterson, Jess Wilkinson