BC Soccer’s Referee Program exists to support and foster the development and education of referees from the grassroots to elite level of refereeing throughout British Columbia. The goal of BC Soccer is to provide registered referees across British Columbia with the tools necessary to help them develop their referee abilities.
Small Sided Referee Clinics
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 U6 and U12.
Pre-requisite: Minimum 12 Years old
Clinic Length: 6 hours
Clinic Time: will depend on the request
Clinic Fee is $40.00 (plus $4.46 user fee / system processing fee)
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
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.
Registering for a Refresher Clinic
Important Note: Referees MUST register online AND pay the fees prior to attending the clinic. No ‘walk-ins’ will be allowed to attend.
To register for a BC Soccer Refresher clinic please follow the steps below:
Log in to your Ref Centre account at www.refcentre.com in the top right hand corner with your e-mail address and password. If you have forgotten your password, please click the “Forgot Password” button in the top right hand corner and your password will be e-mailed to you.
Go to ‘Registration’ then ‘Refresher Courses’. Click register and follow the prompts to complete your registration for the Refresher Clinic.
Once a referee has completed registration (including payment) via Ref Centre, and attends the annual BC Soccer Refresher clinic, he/she will automatically be registered April 1st of the following year.
Referees who have not completed registration for the BC Soccer Refresher clinic (including payment) via Ref Centre will NOT be allowed to attend the BC Soccer Refresher clinic.
If you’re not currently a referee and are interested in becoming a referee your first step is to take the Entry Level Referee Clinic or Small Sided Referee Clinic. Find out more here: http://bcsoccer.net/referee-clinics
Important Note: Schedule of Clinics and Registration: click here (you must log into your referee account to be able to register/sign up for any refresher clinics)
*all referees are required to register for a Refresher clinic
Regional Level Referee Course
The Regional Level Referee Clinic is for referees who are looking to achieve the next level in the Provincial Referee Program and be able to referee high level matches.
The goal of this three day clinic is to teach and give appropriate tools to all individuals to advance their skills.
The topics covered include:
Laws of the Game
FIFA Fitness Test and Warm-up procedures
Dealing with Confrontation
Role of the Assistant Referee
Achieving and Maintaining Match Control
Right place Right time
Pre-requisite: Must currently be a BC Soccer Registered Referee
Course Length: 17 hours
Provincial Promotion Course
The Provincial Referee Clinic is for referees who are looking to achieve the next level in the Provincial Referee Program and have the skills to meet the requirements of a Provincial Referee.
Pre-requisite: Must currently be a BC Soccer Registered Referee and apply for consideration or been nominated by the BC Soccer Referee Committee at its Annual Review in December.
Referee must have successfully completed the FIFA fitness test and also passed and complete an online examination on the Laws of the Game prior to the course. This exam will be administered and evaluated by either the CSA Referee department or BC Soccer Referee department and the candidates must pass with a mark of not less than 80% (Note: officials are only offered one attempt at this examination – this is a single annual examination set by the CSA and there are no retakes).
Course Length: 17 hours
The three day course is an intensive mix of practical and theoretical referee training.
Referee Clinic & Registration Refunds
In the event a paid registrant cannot attend a course, registrants may transfer to a course of equal level, with the same payment model as the original course (i.e.; Student Pay course), before the course starts, or within 18 months after the original course start date.
If there is no appropriate course to transfer to, refunds of course fees will be issued upon request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 90 days after the course start date.
The refund e-mail request must include the following details:
• Full Name of Registrant
• Full name of Original Payee (i.e.; credit card holder name)
• Who the refund should be made payable to
• Current Mailing Address
• Course level, location course number, payment confirmation (receipt)
• Reason for refund request
Approved refunds will be issued via cheque within 45 days of request date.
The system user fee paid on all courses is non-refundable, with the exception of courses cancelled by BC Soccer. Annual referee registration fees are non-refundable.