ARE you sick of watching from the sidelines and want to earn an extra dollar?
Then the Albury-Wodonga Soccer Referees Association wants you.
The 40-year-old association will run an introductory referees course after Easter aimed at attracting new members in the 20 years and older age bracket.
A referee can earn between $25 and $46 an hour, depending on how many games they officiate.
Association branch coach Cyril Clark said there was a shortage of referees over the age of 20.
“We need more adult referees to boost our numbers as some of our older referees retire gracefully,” Clark said.
“Previous experience in the game would be an advantage but it is not essential.”
Each referee is afforded significant flexibility and can nominate the number, type of games they prefer, available times and appropriate weekends to suit their circumstances.
Once qualified, an ongoing personal development and mentoring program is also provided.
Clark said the education process is structured with a two-stage program involving theory seminars and practical training.
Games involve both boys and girls in age groups from under-11 through to senior men and women.