Girls blow the whistle on male-dominated refereeing ranks
FEMALES are being attracted in increasing numbers to the ranks of soccer referees an area that had previously been dominated by males.
Far North Coast Referees president and life member Dick Nolan said 19 girls controlled games every week in male and female divisions, and the feedback from players and coaches had been positive.
"The girls have worked hard on their refereeing and have been rewarded with appointments right up to premier division," Nolan said.
"A few years ago we had a young woman refereeing premier division.
"We look forward to appointing another woman as a central referee to a male premier division game within a few years.
"Refereeing is great character building and all referees are to be commended for their commitment."
After the latest referees' course is completed next week, Far North Coast Referees will have 29 female members, which will be just over a fifth of the total membership.
For more details on becoming a referee, go to www.becomeafootballreferee.com.au