Whether you are an experienced referee new to British Columbia or if you are new to the discipline of refereeing, BC Soccer has a clinic and a pathway for you. The minimum age to become a referee is 12 years old by March 31st of the current year (Small Sided) or 14 years old by March 31st of the current year(Entry Level). Please enjoy the short video showcasing some Referee programs that BC Soccer offers and continue below for more on how to become a referee in BC!
For those who are 12 years of age or older by March 31st of the current year and are interested in officiating Small Sided soccer, the first step is to enroll and complete a Small Sided Referee Clinic.
For those who are 14 years of age or older by March 31st of the current year and are interested in officiating full field soccer, is to enroll and complete an Entry Level Referee Clinic.
To register for a referee course, please click on the link below and it will direct you to the BC Soccer website for further information on how to register
The Referee Pathway highlights two streams at the provincial level comprised of the Community and Performance Pathways. Each pathway contains within it their respective grades as they relate to various criteria and requirements of the specified grade. The Referee Pathway was developed to highlight classifications and clear direction for officials who aspire to attain their own personal officiating career goals. The National and FIFA streams are supported through Canada Soccer.
The purpose and objectives of the BC Soccer Referee Grading Protocol are to:
1. Better support referees and referee assigner to ensure referees are being placed in the best environment for their level and ability.
2. Provide effective tools for identifying Referees for Clubs, Districts, Assignors and members of the Development Support Team.
3. Define the requirements for upgrading and maintenance of each grade.
4. Standardize assigning across the province.
Upper Island Soccer Association has a ZERO TOLERANCE for any and all abuse towards a referee whether it be physical, verbal or with body language. This includes abuse from players, parents, fans, coaching staff, administration.
All reported forms of abuse will be reported to the UISA Discipline Chair who will review all incidences and make recommendations to the board.
These recommendations can include suspensions, up to and including life time ban from the game, attending games or more.
RULES WILL BE POSTED SHORTLY
RULES WILL BE POSTED SHORTLY
All discipline must also be documented through the
BC Soccer Discipline System
Note – for other youth leagues or games played in the Upper Island any discipline must be entered on the BCSA website as well, with the League Title = District League
CSA policy on players wearing insulin pumps, which is followed by BC
CSA guidelines for officials regarding players’ jerseys, footwear, jewelry, head wear, orthopedic supports (such as knee braces) and casts.
CSA policy on players wearing casts, which is followed by BC Soccer
Incase of lightning during a game, please ensure you follow this procedure
This is a link to the fitness requirements for the CSA for the referee development pathway
Where you can find most CSA referee Resources
This will answer a few frequently asked questions you may have
For more information on becoming a member of the VISRA
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Please note this contact page is ONLY FOR REFEREE inquiry or information