Latest Referee News

Kanga Cup success for AFF match officials

Auckland Football Federation match officials made a big impact at the Kanga Cup in Canberra, Australia. The connection between Auckland Football and the Kanga Cup began when current AFF Referee Development Officer Paul… [more]



Referees are an integral part of the football family and their performance is crucial to the the development of the game in New Zealand and within the Auckland Football Federation.

Referee education has been a key priority for the Auckland Football Federation and our referees have been given invaluable advice in technical and instructional sessions and tests, all designed to help the match officials achieve the standards required at whatever level they officiate.

Among that advice is significant tests and courses that referees undertake at AFF courses about the Laws of the Game.

If you want to know more about the various Referee Courses available to aspiring match officials you can do so by clicking here or you can contact AFF Referee Development Officer Paul Smith here:

Referee Nick Waldron. 2016 OFC Nations Cup, Tahiti v New Caledonia, Sir John Guise Stadium, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Sunday 5th June 2016. Photo: Shane Wenzlick /





AFF Referee Awards Dinner – Winners

The Auckland Football Federation Referee Awards Dinner is underway at the Commerce Club in Remuera and we’ll bring you all the latest winners from tonight’s festivities as we recognise the achievements of… [more]

AUDIO – “Hard work key for young referees”

Les Coffman, QSM, has forgotten more than some people know about match officialdom in a life dedicated to the craft of refereeing. The 86-year-old was present at the Auckland Football Federation Referee Awards Dinner in… [more]

AFF Referees Committee (AFFRC)

The Referees Committee is responsible for the stewardship and future well-being of refereeing throughout our District. The AFFRC meets monthly and currently comprises the following individuals:

  • Neil Fox – Chairman
  • Ian Hiscox – Deputy Chairman
  • Stephanie Brown
  • Katie Goudling
  • Tony Goulding
  • Morgan Breuer
  • David Brooke
  • Jeremy Ferguson
  • Hilary Osborne
  • Charlie Tseng

AFF Life Members

The following individuals are AFF Life Members or Life Members from AFF’s predecessor organisation Auckland Soccer Referees Association (ASRA)

  • Neil Fox
  • Ian Hiscox
  • Les Coffman (ASRA)
  • Alan Boniface (ASRA)
  • Ralph DeRaat (ASRA)
  • Sam Moore (ASRA)

ALAN BONIFACE – Les Coffman Lifetime Achievement Award

Alan-Boniface-Soccer-football-refereeOne of Auckland Football Federation’s longest serving referees is Alan Boniface (left) who received the Les Coffman Lifetime Achievement Award in October 2015.

Alan’s refereeing career started in 1956 when he was stationed in Cyprus, doing his national service with the Royal Air Force.

Moving to New Zealand in 1970 did nothing to dampen his enthusiasm for the game andhe rose in the ranks, refereeing regional and national matches, including the Rothmans League which saw him travelling all over New Zealand.

He retired from active refereeing in 1987 after some 1200 games, and was appointed a match inspector. He has been coaching, training and assessing referees ever since.

Highlights in his refereeing career included trips to England and Fiji for courses.

“It was a marvellous experience just to be involved in the game, and getting to know the players and coaches.”

Alan was awarded the QSM for services to the community, which recognised his involvement with several Rodney charitable trusts, Camp Bentzon Youth Trust, and his service to football refereeing.

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