Whistle blowers wanted

SAMUEL and Vince Romeo both enjoy blowing the whistle on the soccer fields.

The brothers, Samuel, 16, and Vince, 19, are two of 150 accredited referees in the Southern Districts Referees Incorporated.

The new Southern Districts Soccer Football Association season starts on Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6.

And when you ask Samuel he'll tell who's the better one with the whistle.

"I'm the best referee," he said.

But Vince retorted: "No, I am!"

Samuel still plays the game and fits in his refereeing with his schedule during the season.

He plays with Mounties under-17s and Vince concentrates on refereeing these days.

Vince said he and his brother have also controlled games together as referees and assistant referees.

"We'd like to see new referees around our age come and join and look after games," Vince said.

The new term assistant referees replaces the former term linesmen.

Southern Districts Soccer Referees Incorporated was founded in 1947.

Secretary Glenn Sheaves, of Canley Vale, said they are always looking for new recruits. Sheaves said courses are held to school the new officials to the game. "We administer soccer referees in the Fairfield and Liverpool council areas," he said.

"We also referee youth league throughout Sydney under the Football NSW Referee Development Program."

Sheaves said cadet referees start at 13 and referee under-10s and under-11s on a modified field. Full field referees start at 14 with level five accreditation. "Referees can average five games on a weekend throughout the season," he said.

Fees for referees and assistant referees are set by Football NSW. Next course is February 22.

Would-be referees: Glenn Sheaves, glennsheaves @bigpond.com or 0425 533 441 or Arch Cooper, 0423 414 308.

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