Referees in closing stages of agreeing to rewritten match officials agreement.
Just a month before the new A-League season starts, Australian match officials are close to resolving their dispute with the Football Federation of Australia.
The agreement between the two parties has not been previously altered since the inaugural A-League season in 2005/06.
The new agreement will see match fees rise by 19%, the FFA will now also cover pre-season medical fees and any costs associated with injuries in FFA organised training.
The Federation will also extend medical insurance, so it covers the above categories.
Speaking to Football Australia, head of A-League Damien de Bohun, reiterated the importance that the FFA places on match officials.
“It is important we constantly strive to improve management in all facets of the game.
“The new agreement is indicative of FFA’s commitment to investing in refereeing, which includes significantly enhanced resourcing for Match Officials.
“At the start of last season there were no full time employees dedicated to refereeing. Now we have a Referee’s Department with three full time staff members and one part time staff member, dedicated to providing increased coaching and administrative support to all Match Official.”
The first game of the new A-league season will kick off on Friday October 11th, when Sydney FC host Perth Glory at the Allianz stadium.