Adult Referees Need Criminal Checks

All Referees Age 18 years and older please note the important information below.

All adults working with youth are required to have a Criminal Record Check (CRC) on file with the NWSC’s Risk Manager, Darryl Hogan This is a mandatory requirement of BC Soccer. Failure to comply will result in you being ineligible to referee in NWSC games this year.

NWSC is registered with the Ministry of Justice’s Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP).  Please use the on-line link and volunteer access code below to submit your request for a CRC.

Click here to view the code


The access code is for use by NWSC volunteers & staff only. Use for other purposes will result in charges to the user! Please email Darryl Hogan at with an attached screen shot or full details letting him know the date you submitted your request and any tracking/record number provided. If you have a current CRC on file with the club and with the Ministry of Justice please advise Darryl to verify.

Click here to access the eCRC website

Additional information about the CRRP is available on their website at If you have any questions, concerns, or problems using the system please contact Darryl


NWSC Head Referee

U13 Retreat Line

All U13 teams must retreat to the middle third of the field during an opponent’s goal kick…

For the full explanation, read the rule here.

Field Closure Clarification

Over the past few weeks we have been experiencing several weather related closures of fields.

If you receive notification of a game cancellation prior to your game from the scheduler then you have nothing further to do.  If you do not, you are required to attend your game as scheduled. If there is any question as to the condition of the field the final decision as to playability comes from the referee.

In the case of rain and water issues, the standard rule of thumb is if there is standing water on the field the field is deemed not playable.  In the event there is not standing water then as part of your pregame duties you are to assess the field condition. If there are muddy areas that may pose a danger to player safety then the field again is not playable. Sometimes this is not always evident at the beginning of a game and you may be forced to cancel the game part way through. As always these decisions are deemed as protection of player safety.

In the case of cold or frost if there is surface frost on the field or slippery areas the field is deemed to be not playable. If the ground Is frozen the field is not playable. The ground may be frozen and there may be no surface frost. The ground can be deemed frozen if you are unable to easily dig the soil at least 1/2 “ deep from the surface with your finger.  Another way is the players running on the field makes a sound like players wearing cleats on concrete.  Again the decision to cancel the game is deemed as protection of player safety.

The criteria in both instances is applicable to the whole field. If any one area is affected then the entire field is deemed not playable.

In the matter of all weather related issues a 10:00 am game may not be playable yet an 11:30 am or 12:00 pm game may be. You must show up as scheduled unless advised by the scheduler.

Lastly snow and fog:  Snow is generally considered an obvious situation but may occur in game. Where the start of the game is fine but it starts snowing during the game, game play may continue until it is deemed a player safety issue and/or you are no longer able to see the field markings.

Less likely is fog.  Consideration for cancellation must be given as to visibility. If while standing in center you are unable to see either goal area or while standing on one sideline and you are unable to see across the field to the other sideline, the game must be at a minimum delayed until the fog lifts or cancelled if there is not enough time to delay  or the fog is not moving.

The guidelines are applicable to both grass and turf fields. Just because it is a turf field does not mean these issues cannot happen. A field condition check is a mandatory part of your pregame checks when you arrive at the field.

Please use your common sense when making these decisions. If you make the decision to cancel the game, you must inform both coaches and explain the reasons. You must inform your scheduler and you must inform the head referee as to your decision.