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How kids soccer is struggling to attract referees

Holmes said the association in Sydney’s inner west needed another 50 referees to ensure complete coverage across fixtures.

Football NSW last year said there had been “alarming increases” in sport rage that had prompted some soccer officials to write to clubs threatening to halt competitions.

The CDSFA in 2019 threatened to shut down the competition or suspend teams in response to bad behaviour from spectators and players including racial and homophobic abuse.

“I find myself questioning whether I want to continue doing this if this is how I will be treated on my weekends.”

Sydney referee

Holmes said two incidents this year had involved the police “and two further issues which, in my view, should have been referred to the police; however, the victims were reluctant to do so”.

The number of referees in western Sydney has fallen by one-third since last year, which Nepean Referees…

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