Ballarat soccer referees making mark

MAKING PROGRESS: Up and coming referees William Quartermain, Liam Palling, Lauren Riddel and Connor MacDonald. Picture: Maddy Vranesic

MAKING PROGRESS: Up and coming referees William Quartermain, Liam Palling, Lauren Riddel and Connor MacDonald. Picture: Maddy Vranesic

Four emerging Ballarat region referees have been selected to officiate in the largest international youth soccer tournament in the southern hemisphere.

William Quartermain, Liam Palling, Lauren Riddel and Connor MacDonald will be among 50 across Australia to attend the Kanga Cup referee youth academy.

The best from the academy progress to a Football Federation referee talent pool, which is a pathway to officiating at the FFA national youth championships.

Quartermain, Palling, Riddel and MacDonald will attend a week-long live-in camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra in early July and then officiate in the tournament. 

Referee coaches including A-League, FIFA and international referees will be among mentors at the camp.

A Ballarat Clarendon College Year 9 student, Quartermain, 14, is in the FFV referee academy. 

Palling, 15, is in Year 10 at Highview College Maryborough and is also a member of the FFV referee academy.

Another FFV referee academy member, MacDonald, 18, is also on the FFV youth council and mentors young referees. He is studying exercise and sports science at Federal University.

Lauren Riddel, 18, is another who mentors young referees and has been a part of the FFV female talent pool for young referees at national championships in Coffs Harbour. 

Referees who graduate from the FFV talent pool will also be eligible for nomination into the FFA national talent pool, which opens the doorway to selection on W-League, national youth league and A-League panels.