Female Football NSW Academy referees gain valuable experience


It was a fantastic moment that five rising young female Football NSW academy referees will not forget in a hurry after being invited to experience a meet and greet with FIFA referees as well as Football Australia referee elite at the recent Matildas v Spain Cup of Nations match at CommBank Stadium.

Selina Harden (Shoalhaven District Football Referees Association), Molly Godsell (Nepean Referees Group), Isabella Vrtkovski (Granville District Football Referees Association), Alana Zic (Hills Football Referees) and Hannah Sheridan (Manly Warringah Football Referees Association) all enjoyed the experience thanks to Football Australia.

The girls had a chance to chat to the FIFA referees appointed for the Matildas v Spain match on February 19, 2023, including Japanese referee Yoshimi Yamashita who recently attended the FIFA Men’s World Cup. The young referees also met FA’s Head of Referees Nathan Magill and Elite Referee Coach, Renae Coghill.

“Football NSW would like to thank Football Australia for facilitating the opportunity,” said Football NSW’s Community Football Referees Coordinator Emma Kocbek.

“A big thank you to the referee team from both games for taking the time to meet our referees and inspire them.”