The AFF relies on a team of skilled referees and administrators to ensure the national fencing circuit meets contemporary international competition standards.
An FIE-qualified international referee provides mentoring and feedback to Australian referees, including immediate video analysis of their performance at national events.
Senior Australian referees share responsibility for the bout-by-bout allocation of referees during each AFC event.
The AFF Operations Manager coordinates referee nominations and scheduling prior to each event.
"The trouble with referees is, they just don't care which side wins."
Referees and competition policy
At national tournaments the AFF relies on two types of referees:
- Independent referees - selected or appointed, either as volunteers or paid officials who are not participating as fencers in the competition in question.
- Fencer referees - designated to referee while being competitors in the event.