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2024 Referee Program Updates

Referee Provincial Program

This program is designed to bring together identified Referees from the Regional and Provincial classification streams into the performance training and game environments. The program’s focus is to support each Referee’s development while also creating an overall environment that allows scouting opportunities for the BC Soccer Provincial Upgrading Program and National Nominations with Canada Soccer.

In 2023 the Program started to work more closely with the BCSPL Clubs to create a streamlined approach to the identification process for aspiring Referees as well as provide resources and workshops created to connect referees from across the province to the opportunities that the program provides.

Currently, the Program supports 50 Referees, exposing them to higher levels of games to officiate as well as providing access to workshops and fitness testing within the program. Furthermore, in consultation with the Canadian Sports Institute (CSI), targeted Referees within the Program have now qualified for benefits and support services that will be provided by the CSI later in the year, which is another positive step in the evolution of the program.

Of the benefits, Andrew Latham, Manager of Performance Pathways Canadian Sports Institute stated “We see officials as a vital piece of the Canadian sport system, and we recognize the time and effort these officials put into their personal development. This is a great opportunity to support their process and in turn strengthen the pathway for athletes, coaches, and officials”.

Referee Instructor & Assessor Program

In alignment with the BC Soccer Strategic Plan to provide holistic development opportunities as well as to meet and maintain safe sport training and certification, BC Soccer Referee Instructors and Assessors will be required to complete Respect in Sport training as well as training to comply with BC Soccer’s Rule of Two and Emergency Action Plan policies. On this, Hagen Herold, Referee Development Coordinator at BC Soccer, stated the following: “During a game, referees are tasked with ensuring the safety of all participants. It is only appropriate that those that train referees receive training to ensure the safety of all referees in educational, training, and game environments.”

To make this training accessible, BC Soccer will be covering the cost with efforts to raise the minimum requirements of maintaining Instructor status and provide additional Instructor and Assessor workshops and mentorship in 2024.

  • For more information on the Referee Provincial Program, please click here.
  • For more information on the Referee Instructor Program, please click here.
  • For more information on the Referee Assessor Program, please click here.

BC Soccer Association

Established in 1904, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants, consisting of registered players, coaches, referees, administrators and soccer leaders. As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.

Safe Sport Statement

BC Soccer believes that everyone involved in soccer has the right to participate in safe and inclusive environments free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and to enjoy the sport at whatever level or capacity they participate in. The welfare of everyone involved in soccer is the foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children in the sport is the responsibility of everyone involved.