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Referees play a critical role in the facilitation and success of the McDonald’s Kanga Cup. The McDonald’s Kanga Cup is a celebration of youth football and provides an opportunity for referees as well as players to learn and develop in a fun and supportive environment.


For any referee, the McDonald’s Kanga Cup is an unrivaled opportunity to develop, learn, make friends and enjoy the satisfaction of officiating at an international youth tournament. Respect for referees is paramount.

The referees of the McDonald’s Kanga Cup come from Canberra, around Australia and overseas. The on-field referees are joined by a dedicated team of Referee Coaches and Coordinators who work closely with the referees under a structured program developed by the Kanga Cup Referee Technical Director in line with the FFA Level 3 curriculum.

Kanga Cup “Local” Referees


This a great opportunity for our local referees to participate in this great tournament. It is a chance to improve your skills with coaching available throughout the week. It is also an opportunity to meet new referees and share experiences.

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Anyone who has not been selected for the 2019 McDonald’s Kanga Cup Referee Youth Academy and is a registered Game Leader or Junior Referee is classified as a McDonald’s Kanga Cup ‘Local’ Referee. Referees from Interstate who are not registered as a Capital Football Referee but with another Member Federation or association can also register as a McDonald’s Kanga Cup ‘Local’ Referee.

Information regarding referee registration will be available shortly!

KCRYA – Kanga Cup Referee Youth Academy


The Kanga Cup Referee Youth Academy is an opportunity for over 50 interstate referees to receive intensive coaching and mentoring, with a focus on developing referees in a tournament environment in the age group of 15 to 18. The Kanga Cup Referee Youth Academy has the support of the FFA with the official curriculum using resources from the FFA Level 3 and Level 4 course.

Academy members are responsible for their own travel costs to and from Canberra and any incidental costs. Capital Football will look after transfers, accommodation and meals.

As a member of the Kanga Cup Referee Youth Academy you will be involved in seminars with current and former FIFA Referees, learn during feedback sessions with Referee Coaches and make new friends in a supportive environment at the McDonald’s Kanga Cup. There is no better week in the year for a young referee who is serious about improving and going to the next level.

The McDonald’s Kanga Cup is an ideal first step for a talented official.