KCRYA Referee Coach


The Kanga Cup Referee Youth Academy (KCRYA) is a pathway program for approximately 50 local, interstate and international referees to receive intensive coaching and mentoring, with a focus on developing referees in a tournament environment in the age group of 15-18.

Referees and Game Leaders officiating during the Tournament are supported by a network of Referee Coaches from Australia and overseas.

Referee Coaches from interstate and overseas are accepted to participate in the KCRYA based on their commitment to assisting with the development and support of Game Leaders and Referees, and their own personal development as a Referee Coach.

KCRYA Referee Coaches fulfil a number of important roles, including:

  • Coaching of Game Leaders and Referees;
  • Completing formal coaching reports;
  • Driving KCRYA Referees to and from venues each day;
  • Preparing and delivering a KCRYA technical session or seminar; and
  • Mentoring a group of KCRYA Referees during the Tournament.

Who can apply?


Referee Coaches aged 18+ from across Australia or overseas who have a valid Football Australia Referee Assessor Level 3 or higher qualification (or overseas equivalent) can apply directly, or be nominated (by their Member Federation or Referee Association) as a Referee Coach for the KCRYA.

Should a Member Federation or Referee Association choose to provide nominations to the KCOC, they may use an application process to determine the nominations provided to the KCOC.

Application Process

To apply for the 2021 McDonald’s Kanga Cup Referee Youth Academy, please complete the KCRYA Referee Coach Application Form before 5pm Friday 28 May 2021.

The KCOC will review all individual applications and nominations from Member Federations and Referee Associations before communicating the outcome of all applications and nominations by Friday 4 June 2021.