FFA to appoint professional A-League referees

The calls of fans, players and coaches have been answered, with Football Federation Australia to appoint three full-time professional referees.

The trio, who will go through a recruitment process, will be the first full-time referees in Australian domestic football history.

Head of A-League Damien de Bohun welcomed the move.

"The Hyundai A-League is a professional competition and the last frontier has been the appointment of professional referees," he said.

"We have been working towards this outcome for the past three years and we are proud to announce that we are able to appoint our first professional referees for the upcoming Hyundai A-League season.

"I must give credit to Ben Wilson, our Director of Referees, who has worked hard to improve the conditions and professionalism of our all our matches officials.

"The concept of professional referees has been warmly welcomed by the Hyundai A-League club chairmen when they were formally advised last week.

"By having our best referees become full-time professionals, we will be giving them every opportunity to prepare themselves physically and mentally for each match so they can perform at their optimum level each week."

The referees will be offered two-year contracts and will also participate in a wellbeing program, which has been set up to enhance the development and welfare of A-League and W-League officials.

Applications for the roles close on July 3, with the successful trio to be announced in mid-July.

FFA director of referees Ben Wilson said: "This initiative will allow our referees to achieve a better work/life balance and hopefully extend their careers.

"We hope to provide the perfect conditions for referees to officiate to their maximum potential.

"This is the first step in the process with our goal being to have a fully professional referee panel in the future and gives young referees a real career path."

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