During 2012, Football NSW in consultation with the broader refereeing community conducted a review of the structure and administration of Referees in NSW. A key outcome of the review was to increase the investment Football NSW made in full-time resourcing of the Referee Department.

With this in mind, Football NSW appointed both Kris and Richard in continuing in the development of Referees in NSW.

Football NSW CEO Eddie Moore was looking forward to the progression of referee development under these key appointments.

“Football NSW is really looking forward to working with all members of the refereeing community in NSW to incorporate the recommendations of the review.

“We are excited about the appointment of someone of Kris’ experience to join Richard in delivering the quality programs to all levels of referees from grassroots, through branches and the elite competitions and establishing a clear pathway for all aspiring referees to reach their potential at the highest level.”

Kris began his Refereeing career in the Granville district, before developing his skills officiating in the Football NSW Premier and Super Leagues from 2004. He has also tested himself on the National stage, refereeing in the Hyundai A-League since 2008 and has officiated in well over 20 matches as well as taking out the NSW Premier League Referee Award in 2010 and 2012.

Aside from Refereeing, Kris has worked as an Account Manager for various organisations for more than 10 years and brings with him a sound administrative background to ensure the outcomes of the Referees Review are delivered across the state.

Kris will join Football NSW from Monday February 18. 

Richard needs little introduction, with a distinguished domestic and international career as a Referee and Referee Assessor. 

Richard moves from part-time to full-time employment with Football NSW, and his wealth of experience will provide the ideal support for Kris. 

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Head of Italian Football Meets FNSW Representative

Italian Football President, Carlo Tavecchio and Sandro Perticarini

Newly elected Italian football (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio welcomed NSW State League Referee's technical member and FFA Assessor Sandro Perticarini.

Invited by Carlo Tavecchio in Rome's FIGC headquarters, Sandro discussed various football and referee matters.

The recent fourth edition of the Australian Italian Football Referee Exchange Program was discussed in depth of which Carlo has always been a supporter of such programs since its inception in 2004.

The meeting ended with both parties ensuring that the friendship between both countries and bodies were maintained and strengthened.

Petricarini took the opportunity to present Carlo with a gift in honour of his presidency from NSW State League Referees Branch led by President Robert Colombo.

NSW referees set for Italian experience

The second leg of the Australian-Italian referee exchange program has taken shape on Wednesday afternoon as the Australian delegation departed for Italy.

The NSW State League Referees, Benjamin Abraham, Lachlan Keevers and James Tesoriero will be refereeing Serie D games in the Umbria region over the ten day program between September 4th till September 14th.

Travelling along with the referees will be President Robert Colombo, Secretary Wayne Lenardon and Sandro Perticarini from the Technical Committee.

As in the past three exchange programs 2004, 2006 and 2009, the Australian referees will taste Italian football, will experience different cultures, see firsthand the rich history, share administration ideas and have an insight on new techniques to benefit overall the standard of refereeing in this state.

All past exchange programs have been very fruitful for NSW and Australia as it has unearthed very talented referees such as Strebre Delovski, Ryan Shepheard, Kris Griffiths-Jones, Stephen Lucas and Kurt Ams.

President Robert Colombo is hopeful that this edition will unearth more future officials in years to come.

Katie-Louise Patterson's 1st Grade Debut - IGA NPL NSW Mens 1

Katie-Louise Patterson

Katie-Louise Patterson became the first Football NSW female referee to officiate an IGA NPL NSW Mens 1 match as she took charge of the round 22 match between Sydney United 58 FC v Sutherland Sharks on Sunday 17th August, 2014 at Sydney United Sports Centre.

The 24-year-old commenced her refereeing career in the Illawarra before moving off to the St George Football Association then on to the NSW State League Football Referees Branch and has officiated in the NPL Womens 1 competition as well as the Westfield W-League amongst other leagues.

Football NSW Referees Manager Kris Griffith-Jones was happy that Patterson was getting her chance to shine in NSW’s top tier football competition for men.

“Katie’s performed really well in the IGA NPL NSW Mens 1 Grade 20s competition and finished up in the top five of the Westfield W-League referees which was a great achievement.

“Katie deserved her opportunity in the Mens 1 competition and I am sure she will benefit from this which will further assist and aid in her refereeing development.”

Australian-Italian Referee Exchange Program 2014

Italian Delgation 2014

The fourth edition of the Australian-Italian referee exchange program will take shape this weekend with officials from Italy taking charge of various IGA NPL NSW Mens 1 and SUPA IGA NPL NSW Mens 2 matches.

The Italian delegation will consist of three referees and five executives from FIGC and AIA.  

 They are: 

  • Giuseppe Repace, Enrico Guerra, Luca Zucchetti – Referees                             
  • Luigi Repace - President of the National Regional Football League Umbria and Federal Consigliere to FIGC Roma
  • Luca Fiorucci - President of the National Regional Referees Umbria
  • Renzo Boccali  - Committee member of the National Regional Referees Umbria
  • Alessandro Apruzzese – Media manager and AIA Sports writer for the region of Umbria and Matteo Donato – Responsible for events 

Giuseppe Repace will have the honour of refereeing the round 7 IGA NPL NSW Mens 1 clash between the APIA Leichhardt Tigers and Rockdale City Suns this Saturday at Lambert Park while Luca Zucchetti will officiate the Grade 20s clash.  The following day will see Enrico Guerra take charge of the Blacktown City FC v Sydney Olympic match to be held at Lily’s Football Centre.

Week two of their program will see Luca officiate the SUPA IGA NPL NSW Mens 2 match between Sydney University v Northern Tigers while Giuseppe will officiate the Hills Brumbies v Central Coast Mariners Academy match. Finally, Enrico will look after the Parramatta FC v Mounties Wanderers clash which will conclude their refereeing duties in Australia.

Robert Colombo President of the NSW State League Football Referees, Sandro Perticarini Management Committee Member and Wayne Spagnol from the referees apparel supplier Unipro greeted the Italian delegation on Thursday at Kingsford Smith Airport.  Robert, Sandro and Wayne are primarily responsible in looking after the exchange schedule and ensuring that everything goes to plan.

NSW Referees Ready for Dallas Cup

There will be a strong contingent of referees and assessors representing NSW at this year’s prestigious Dallas Cup international youth tournament to be held on Saturday 13th of April.

Adam Susz from the Eastern Suburbs branch, Sam Grasso from the Canterbury District Soccer Referees Branch, Kelly Jones from the Gladesville Hornsby Football Referee Association and Lee Corey will be joined by assessors Bob Kofler from the Blacktown City Soccer Referees Branch and Football NSW’s Referees Appointments Officer John Bowdler on what will be an experience of a life time for all involved.

Adam, Sam, Kelly and Lee are now with the NSW State League Referees Association, will all use this tournament as a great chance to further develop their skills on the world stage in front of a pretty impressive audience.

Kelly Jones, who is also Football NSW’s Education Administrator, is eagerly anticipating her first ever Dallas Cup experience.  "It’s pretty exciting as the Dallas Cup is such a huge tournament so I am really looking forward to it."  "I’m especially looking forward to refereeing countries that don’t speak English as that is something I have not experienced here in Australia."  "This tournament will also be an ideal chance for me to further develop my refereeing skills.”

Dallas Referees 2014

Vale Marc Nemorin

It is with much sadness and regret that we have to pass on the news that well known member Marc Nemorin passed away at 10.30 am on Wednesday 29th January, 2014 after a battle with Leukemia (CMML).  The last two months have been a tough road for him and his family with more intensive treatment required.  Marc refereed with our branch for many years, joining in the late 1980's and refereeing well into his 60's.  In fact he was 68 on 23rd January, 2014.  Only last year did he take a break from officiating. 

Those of you who have had the pleasure of refereeing with Marc will always remember his wide smile, his happy face, vibrant personality and his genuine joy at refereeing again with you.  Everyone will know his trade mark "How are you my man?" every time he greeted you.  He was always interested it what was happening in your life and it is very sad that we won't see his smiling face anymore.  However, we are sure that he is organising referee's for games in heaven and will be joking and laughing with everyone as always.  Football and refereeing has lost another true gentleman.  Our thoughts are with Marc's family.  Farewell old friend and rest in peace.

Marc Nemorin


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