Upcoming Referee Clinics
To register for any of these course, please visit the BC Soccer website, search for the type of clinic you are interested in (use Vancouver Island, Lower as your search criteria) and follow the registration and payment prompts. Some of these courses are so fresh they might not even be listed yet!
The Small Sided Referee Clinic is the basics of refereeing and is offered to individuals who are no less than 12 years of age. Once an individual is successful in passing this clinic, they are classified as a Small Sided Referee and may officiate in any match with players between U-6 and U-12.
Pre-requisite: Minimum 12 Years old
Clinic Length: 6 hours
Clinic Time: will depend on the request
Clinic Fee: $40.00 (plus $4.25 user fee / system processing fee)
Entry Level clinics
The Entry Level Referee Clinic is the entry point into 11 a-side soccer. Once an individual is successful in passing this clinic they will be classified as a Youth Referee (if they are 14 or 15 years old) or a District Referee (if they are 16 years old or older).
The goal of this three day clinic is to ensure that individuals who pass are capable to be either a Referee or an Assistant Referee in 11 a-side soccer. This is done with experienced referee instructors who use video educational material and practical on field sessions. The topics covered include, but are not limited to the Laws of the Game, Positioning, Signals, Administration of the game, and Pre-Match Preparation & Match Reporting. Successful individuals have their first year’s registration free.
Pre-requisite: Minimum 14 Years old by or on the day of the clinic
Clinic Length: 17 hours
Clinic Time: Friday 6pm - 10pm - Saturday 9am - 5pm - Sunday 9am - 2pm
Clinic Fee: $125.00 (plus a $4.25 user fee / system processing fee)
The Canadian Soccer Association and the British Columbia Soccer Association requires all referees to attend a Referee Refresher Clinic annually and register with the BC Soccer office in order to maintain their active status.
Referee Refresher Clinics are designed to update all Registered Referees in British Columbia with any Laws of the Game changes and interpretations. The clinic content of the refresher is developed by the Referee Education Program and launched in August of each year.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please wear suitable clothing to participate in on-field activity and there will be a Fitness test at all Refresher Clinics
Pre-requisite: Must currently be a BC Soccer Registered Official
Clinic Length: 3 hours.
Clinic Fee: FREE (once you have attended a Refresher Clinic you must re-register as a BC Soccer Referee, which is to be done annually.
To begin work as an official:
Study the Laws of the GameTake a Referee course at a location near you:
- Youth / District / Regional / Provincial class are administered by BC Soccer Association. See the BC Soccer Referee Clinics and Schedule for details and registration. This is the entry point into the Provincial Referee Program.
Passing the course allows you to obtain a Youth Referee Classification and officiate in any category of youth soccer or act as an assistant referee in youth and senior amateur soccer.
The next level, the District Referee Classification, is based passing the entry level referee clinic and being 16 years old or older.
The goal of this three day clinic is, through experienced referee instructors and video, to improve the knowledge level of referees in all aspect of the game. The topics covered include:
- Laws of the Game.
- Administration of the game.
- Preparation & Match Reporting.
To continue as an official
Attend one of the required annual fitness testing/refresher course. Check the Club Calendar for upcoming dates.
To register for the fitness sessions, you can print off and fill out the attached form then send it with a $50 cheque to BC Soccer, 510 - 375 Water Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5C6. If you officiate Lower Island Soccer Association (LISA) matches, the fee for the course is covered by LISA.
You may wish to obtain successively higher Referee certification by indicating as such on the Referee Registration Form.
- You must be Official registered with BC Soccer Association in order to attend this clinic. Register online via the BC Soccer Association Website
- The intended audience are Youth; District; and Regional referees (not intended for Small Sided Officials. Attendees must be 14 years old within one month of the clinic date.
You may also want to attend the monthly Vancouver Island Soccer Referee Association(VISRA) meetings - open to all BCSA Officials.
Matches you officiate:
As you work as an official you will need to submit Match Reports. These are available on the Lower Island Soccer Association Referee website as the Online Game & Discipline Reports.
Please refer to the attached for the appropriate Match Duration and Ball Size depending on the the age/division of the players.