Referee registration numbers across the state have seen positive growth ahead of the 2020 season, with current registration figures 18% higher than this time last year.
The increase in referee registration numbers in Queensland follows the announcement of a number of new initiatives rolled out for the 2020 season, focusing on improving recruitment, retention and support of referees in the state.
In the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan for football in Queensland, Football Queensland (FQ) has outlined a target to double the number of registered referees by 2022.
State Referee Manager Jacqui Hurford said FQ’s strategic plan identified the quality and number of referees across Queensland as crucial to the growth of the game.
“In order to achieve the growth targets set out in the strategic plan, Football Queensland has developed a number of new initiatives to provide more welcoming and supportive environments for referees across the state,” Hurford said.
“It has been great to see such a positive increase in registration numbers for the 2020 season after the introduction of initiatives including the first year referee pack, pink armband and teal shirt initiatives.
“We look forward to continuing to grow these numbers as we improve the recruitment and retention of referees across Queensland.”