Here is a part of a report from a referee officiating in the North West Sydney Football competition
– on the same weekend, he and his 14 year old son were abused.
“I am withdrawing from refereeing for an indefinite period. I was involved in several incidents over the weekend.
I was subjected to consistent abusive language from players and people on the sideline, and consistent questioning of my decisions.
I felt unsafe with the level of anger directed at me.
I have lost sleep and I am left with stress and anxiety. I shouldn’t have to be subjected to the level of abuse I received.
My 14-year-old son (also a referee) was approached and inappropriately questioned by an angry parent who wanted to question a throw-in, and his (correct) decision to not allow a goal to stand after the half time whistle had been blown.
I really do feel isolated and disconnected as a referee. I find myself questioning whether I want to continue doing this if this is how I will be treated on my weekends.
I saw refereeing as a way for me to help others enjoy the game that I love, but the behaviour of some players in a number of games I have refereed has been appalling and I need to take a break.”
These excerpts come from a report from an adult male referee. He and his 14 year old son took up refereeing this year to “help others enjoy the game”.
The abuse and questioning of decisions from players, managers and spectators has resulted in both referees ceasing their involvement.
That potentially means around 50 games will go uncovered for the remainder of this year, as a direct result of 2 referees leaving due to abuse.
At football games, the standard you walk past is the standard you accept. Play your part to stop abuse of referees. #RespectTheRef #RespectTheGame
Two parents watching junior football.
“Which one is your kid?”
“I want to tell them how rubbish they are!”
“You can’t do that; how would you feel if I did that to your kid?”
“You’ve been doing it all game actually”
“Really, who is your kid?”
Think before you speak.
Help the match officials:
-Being a referee can be a difficult task. Many referees are young and learning their trade just as the players.
-No referee will be 100% perfect. Sure, they may make a wrong call. Missed chances and defensive errors are much more likely to have cost you the game than wrong decisions.
-If you criticise the match officials, be it from the side-lines or in the car on the way home, you are affirming that this is OK.
-When you child is then sent off for dissent, they will have been modelling your behaviour!
North West Sydney Football (NWSF) and North West Sydney Football Referees Association (NWSFRA) urge our community to PLAY YOUR PART TO STOP THE ABUSE OF REFEREES.
The NWSF RESPECT program was introduced in 2016 and is an ongoing journey to change to culture in Football to a consistently positive and rewarding one
The Fundamental Aim of the RESPECT program is to encourage Respect towards:
-The match officials, without whom the game would be much less enjoyable
-The opposition, without whom there would be no game
-The laws, which keep the game fair and safe
-Yourself, set yourself standards and stick to them no matter what anyone else does
Abuse of referees is occurring locally and will not be tolerated at any level. #RespectTheRef #RespectTheGame
-Officials are also there because they enjoy the game
-They will do their best to keep you safe and enforce the rules
-They are people too. Most likely part of your own football community or a nearby club
-They may make a mistake as do all of us on the field.
-There is never an excuse for treating them with disrespect.
-Support them especially when they are wrong.
-Abusing a referee will never change a decision. It may lead to you being sanctioned. It does certainly lead to match officials giving up and not returning.
Enjoy the game. Be positive to all around you. Be the person that others look forward to playing again.
Don't miss your chance to join the fun these school holidays!
You can now sign up to join our Spirit FC coaches and development partners Soccer Kickstart as we relaunch the Holiday Clinics these school holidays.
CLICK HERE for all the details and to register.
The U6 to U12 event is on Sunday June 26th from 1pm
Christie Park Synthetic Fields
U6/7 play 4v4 and U8-12 play 5v5. We have mixed and female competitions.
Cost is $20 per team. To register click this link - https://form.jotform.com/221231377053851
We would like to also thank the NWSF Spirit FC players for refereeing the tournament and the NWSF Spirit FC Coaches and staff who are all running the day.
Wet Weather 2022…
Well what a past three years we have had...... With the grassroots football community finally being let loose again after two years of Covid effected seasons, we have certainly been hit with some amazingly tumultuous wet weather.
We thank the Football Community for its patience, however thin, in riding the wave of wet weather we are all currently experiencing. NWSF and its 34 member Clubs have been making every effort to provide the best experience possible only to be washed aside by the significant levels of heavy rain over the past three months.
NWSF aims to provide a space for the community to play football when it is available. We do so in conjunction with our 5 local Councils who are also experiencing significant disruptions to regular operations.
While it is not possible for any of us to stop the rain and remedy the waterlogged fields, we certainly share your frustrations and hope by explaining some of our procedures and factors that shape the decisions, you will have a better understanding of the factors and challenges faced.
On a regular weekend
Decisions around wet weather presents it challenges leading into each weekend. Providing a balance between the fairness and integrity of each individual competition along with providing opportunities for noncompetitive fixture are all considerations that we have evaluated. We are mindful this is community football and all participants pay to participate and should be given equal opportunities to play.
Please understand we share your frustration and are doing everything we can to get as many games played as possible.
Competition Matrix - 2022
The Dragons are the first NWSF Club to make it this far! Round 5 Preview
Congratulations are in order for the Dragons squad due to play Round 5 on Tuesday 17 May - they're the first team to make it this far in the competition!
Seeing Macquarie Dragons Premier League remain competitive for Preliminary Round 5 of the Australia Cup (formerly FFA Cup) is a testament to how competitive the local NWSF competition has become.
"Being the 1st NWSF team to make it to this round is a fantastic effort" said Steve Crawford, from the NWSF Football Management Committee
Their round 4 fixture was a tough challenge, though a free kick before half time levelled the score to 1-1 then the goals were flowing for Macquarie Dragons in the second half
"Our squad received enormous support from the Dragons community and our committee, which we are so thankful for" reflected Coach Luca Falcone.
"There was so much buzz around the group on matchday" Luca said.
Luca is Coach to MDFC Premier League, and Assistant Coach to Spirit FC First Grade. When asked why the squad has been so successful, he attributed the Dragons player attitudes and the strong foundations supported by the club committee.
"We compete, we learn, we get better as a group [first and reserve grade]- we make our environment through hard work and dedication, which is similar to the successful Spirit FC ecosystem"