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Local junior ref wins FFA Futsal National award (ACT)

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Local referee Georgia Ghirardello was recently awarded the National Junior Futsal referee award at the FFA Futsal National Championships.

In February 2008 Georgia participated in the Futsal referee course after being introduced to the game as a player and playing at Nationals in January 2007, 2008 and 2009. Initially Georgia refereed on the southside at the Southern Cross basketball courts and then the following season she refereed on the northside.

When she first began refereeing Georgia honestly admits she did it for the pocket money but then she grew to enjoy seeing the players improve; especially players she had coached in outdoor. Georgia admits she also loves watching brilliant plays on the court.

Georgia was asked to referee at the January 2011 FFA Futsal Nationals. This meant preparing for nationals by refereeing more experienced players such as the new woman’s Premier League futsal. The experience of refereeing at nationals was a steep learning curve but she was supported by the referee coaches on hand.

Georgia was delighted to be the first referee in the under 12 girls final when NSW played Victoria. She was also honoured be a part of a select group who watched the FIFA referees prepare for their final as well as listen to their communication on the wireless handset. The nationals experience cemented her love of the game and refereeing as she connected with other referees from other states and discovered how the other states do things and referee.

Georgia says it was wonderful to meet a whole lot of people who you have something in common with. Her growth as a referee was acknowledged at the 2011 nationals when she was awarded National Junior Futsal Referee.

The youngster appreciates that refereeing has given her another look on the game, which is beneficial to her own soccer game as a player. Georgia also referees soccer in the winter season and can be seen down at Woden Valley playing fields most Saturdays.

Georgia is proud to be a referee and believes it is important for players to have knowledgeable and confident officials.

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