Register For A Clinic
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.
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: $25.00 (plus $4.25 user fee / system processing fee) NOTE: as of April 1, 2015 the Small Sided Referee Clinic Fee is $40.00 (plus $4.25 user fee / system processing fee.
Schedule of Clinics and Registration CLICK HERE
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)
Schedule of Clinics and Registration: CLICK HERE
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. For more information on this proecess, including timings to register / re-register, please visit our "Referee Annual Registration" page)
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 their free Refresher clinic
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
- Recognizing Challenges
Pre-requisite: Must currently be a BC Soccer Registered Referee
Course Length: 17 hours
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.
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.
Host a Clinic
BC Soccer is pleased to work with the membership and their affiliate clubs to help develop referees and to help BC Soccer members access registered refereees. Please see below for information on how your district/club can host a referee clinic and for information on how to access BC Soccer Registered Referees.
In 2008 the BC Soccer Board discussed the topic of distributing personal contact information of referees as it relates to the privacy information act (PIPA) was discussed.
The following was approved:
PIPA (Personal Information and Privacy Act) requires organizations to give consideration as to how privacy matters are handled. Having reviewed the PIPA material there is clearly no intent to hamstring organizations as they go about their daily business in a reasonable fashion. To quote one specific section from the PIPA outline:
Deemed Consent: PIPA says that an individual is “deemed” to consent to collection, use or disclosure of personal information if the individual provides it for a purpose that would, at the time, be considered obvious to a reasonable person.” (PIPA Guide, Page 14).
Clearly, referees are “reasonable persons” and therefore, by participating in a BC Soccer approved course and by completing annual registration that, in combination, allows them the right to referee within B.C., they would most certainly expect their names to be circulated to individuals who might desire to use their services.
Therefore any individual within the membership of BC Soccer who falls into one of the below categories and has submitted the appropriate forms to the BC Soccer Head Office is able to receive access, on a regular basis, to the up-to-date / complete BC Soccer Registered Referees List.
- Discipline Representative
- Adult League Representative
- Youth District Representative
- Head Referee / Referee-In-Chief
- Tournament Scheduler
- Club / District Executive Director
Member Organizations MUST ensure compliance with BC Soccer’s Rule 22 - Risk Management for all individuals who are gaining access to the list of BC Soccer Registered Referees.
Individuals who are gaining access to the list of BC Soccer registered referees are able to view personal information. Therefore the organization that the individual is accessing the information on behalf, have a serious potential liability and MUST ensure they are in compliance with BC Soccer’s Risk Management Rule 22 b) (Risk Management / Criminal Record Check complaince).
For more information on Risk Management and specific steps on how to complete a criminal record check, please visit of "Risk Management" page.
How to set-up an account to view the list of BC Soccer Registered Referees
In order to gain access to the new BC Soccer Ref Centre referee management system which will allow you to view the list of currently registered referees, please follow the steps below.
1. Please visit www.refcentre.com/bcaccountrequests
2. Request an account by completing the form
3. A staff member from E2E will contact you via e-mail with instructions once they create your account
4. To log in with your credentials visit www.refcentre.com
Once you have your account and log into the Ref Centre, the list of BC Soccer registered referee is located under the ‘Report’ tab at the top of the page and the ‘Registration Report’ is the report you need.
You can export this list to excel by clicking on the ‘export to Excel’ link located under the ‘Submit’ button. Once in excel you can sort and view as needed.
If you are also a Clinic Host you are able to request Entry Level and Refresher clinics online via your account. This can be done under the ‘Course Management’ tab by click on the ‘Add’ option and filling in and following the prompts.
1. Where it asks for ‘Type of Session’,
Open = Available for anyone to register, and
Private = Only individuals that have the code that you create can register
2. On the next page you can identify where the individual pays or if the host is paying for the participants.
It is explicitly understood that any individual who is granted access to view the list of registered referees agrees to;
1. Not recreate, reproduce, nor redistribute any and all data, document, and information provided to by BC Soccer without their expressed written consent.
2. Only use the information provided for British Columbia Soccer Association affiliated/sanctioned activity.
BC Soccer is pleased to inform their members and affiliate member clubs that we have improved the process for requesting referee clinics. We are no longer using the PDF request forms and have moved the process online via the BC Soccer Ref Centre referee management system.
In order for you to be able to request the clinics your club and/or district are looking to host, please follow the steps below.
Create an account:
Request a course:
Who can register – Anyone
Who pays - The student has to pay
Who can register - Only those people who know the private code that you enter below.
Who pays - Your have a choice either the student has to Pay or BC Soccer will invoice you for all students who entered the payment code. On the next screen you will decide.
Who can register - Anyone
Who pays - This depends on how the student registers. If the student uses the private code to register then the student does not pay, instead BC Soccer will invoice your club for that students registration. However any students who register without using the private code will be asked to pay.
To View your Class List:
Go to Course Management – Management - View
To Edit your Course Details:
Go to Course Management – View – Edit
To Contact your Instructor:
Go to Course Management – Instructor – click their name to e-mail them or see their phone number
Member Services Coordinator