Referee Rules, Regulations & Resources


All referees must comply with the BC Soccer regulations relating to referees and the code of ethics - BC Soccer Referee Rules and Regulations.

The above BC Soccer Referee Rules and Regulations comply with the Canadian Soccer Association’s “Regulations for the Registration and Control of Referees”.


Canadian Soccer Association policies and directives

Lightning Safety / Severe Weather Policy (Updated July 2017)
Environment Canada Video - Lightning safety

Players Wearing Casts Policy

Insulin Pump Policy


Continuing Education and Referee Resources

Referee Education and fitness training are key areas that referees can improve their performance. It is recommended that referees attend educational sessions with their local Head Referee, BC Soccer Candidates Programming, BCSRA or local Referee Association meetings. Below you will find both fitness training resource materials and also Laws of the Game from the FIFA website.

Candidates Program

BC Soccer introduced the Referee Candidates Program in the fall of 2007, under the leadership of the BC Soccer Referee Development Coordinator, Jose Branco.  This program is designed to provide aspiring referees from across the province the ability to hone their referee skills through on and off field training and education sessions on a weekly base using FIFA Futuro III material.

The primary goal of this program is to provide this group of officials a progressive positive educational referee specific environment where they can work together to climb the Provincial Referee ladder in hopes to obtain National and FIFA Referee status. The hope is that some of the officials from the program will continue to be involved with the Referee Program as a Referee Instructor, Referee Assessor, Club Head Referees or Mentors.

Currently there are 60 members in the BC Soccer Referee Candidates Program who meet on a weekly basis, 12 months a year. Every week referees will participate in a 45-60 minute referee specific fitness session followed by an educational session.  

Some of the educational sessions within the program include:
• Fitness Training Education ( Speed, Speed Endurance, High Intensity, Recovery, and Nutrition)
• Use of Heart Rate and FIFA Macro Cycle
• Psychological Preparation
• Practical on-field Positioning
• In class match analysis

Some of the activities involved with the program are:
• Youth club / district mentoring
• BC Provincial Championships
• National/BC Provincial Teams Training Centre development matches
• University and PacWest Provincial Championships and League play
• Dallas Cup (International Youth Tournament)

Candidates Program Centers

Location: Burnaby    
Field: Burnaby Lake Turf    
Regular training days: Tuesday & Thursday
Start time: 6:00PM    
Lead Instructor: Jose Branco
Fitness Instructor: Jose Branco
    
Location: Langley
Field: Willoughby Lower Turf    
Regular training day(s): Thursday    
Start time: 6:00PM    
Lead Instructor: Jose Branco
Fitness Instructor: Rubin Smilev        
    
Location: Victoria
Field: Tyndall Park All-weather     
Regular training day(s): Wednesday
Start time: 7:15PM    
Lead Instructor: Tiberio de Frias
Fitness Instructor: Mark McNally-Dawes

Location: Kelowna
Field: KSS Field and Portable     
Regular training day(s): Wednesday
Start time: 5:00pm    
Lead Instructor: Arnar Bernhardsson
Fitness Instructor: Arnar Bernhardsson

Fitness Program and Resources

Fitness Program and Resources

The Referee Fitness Program is intended to help Referees improve their fitness as it pertains to Refereeing and to improve both your on-field performances and enjoyment in Refereeing.  This area briefly outlines Fitness testing Protocols and Procedures, Hydration Tips, Fitness Qualities, and basics in Fitness training.


Referee Fitness Test Protocol

Category

FIFA Fitness Test Standards

Beep Test

Men

CODA

 

Sprints

Interval Run (4000 m)

Shuttles

Referee (FIFA, National)

n/a

6.0 sec

15/18 sec

n/a

AR (FIFA, National)

10 Sec

4.7 sec

15/20 sec

n/a

Provincial

n/a

6.4 sec

15/20 sec

n/a

Regional

n/a

6.6 sec

17/22 sec

8

District

n/a

6.6 sec

17/22 sec

6

 

 

 

 

 

Women

 

Sprints

Interval Run

Shuttles

Referee (FIFA, National)

n/a

6.4 sec

17/20 sec

n/a

AR (FIFA, National)

11 Sec

5.1 sec

17/22 sec

n/a

Provincial

n/a

6.6 sec

17/22 sec

n/a

Regional

n/a

6.8 sec

17/24 sec

7

District

n/a

6.8 sec

17/24 sec

6

Fitness Test and Criteria for Referees

All referees, from Youth Referee to Provincial Referee are required to participate and complete an annual fitness test. These Fitness Tests are conducted at Annual Refresher courses for Regional, and District/Youth Referees, FIFA, National and Provincial Referees have different Fitness Testing requirements. The required Fitness tests is based on their referee classification, the Beep Test is conducted at the Refresher. FIFA Fitness Testing is conducted two to three times a year in the Lower Mainland to ensure the test meets the requirements of both FIFA and the CSA

** Officials nominated to the National Program must successfully complete the Fitness test to the ‘Nominated National’ standard. Upon being selected by the Canada Soccer Referees Committee to join the National List, he/she must then successfully complete the fitness test prior to the start of the season to the standard as directed by the Committee.

Fitness Test and Criteria for Referees

•           Repeated Sprints 6 X 40M a 7th if a sprint is failed

•           Interval Test High Speed Runs over 75M with 25M Walk x 40= 4000M

FIFA, National & Nominated Assistant Referees:

•           CODA (Change of Direction Assessment) x 1

•           Repeated Sprints 5 X 30M a 6th if a sprint is failed

•           Interval Test High Speed Runs over 75M with 25M Walk x 40= 4000M

Regional & District/Youth Referees:

•           Beep Test which is an intermittent run that has a dictated pace and recovery period

•           Regional & District referees mayay run the FIFA Fitness test to the Regional Standard for their gender or          Higher to complete their Annual Fitness Test


Fitness Training Advice - Do's & Don'ts

Hydration Tips

Current Macro Cycle

Amendments to the Laws of the Game - Offside
7 Steps Of Wall Management
Referee Considerations For Fouls
BC Soccer Air Quality Guidelines

 


For Canada Soccer policies regarding lightning, casts, and insulin pumps please visit the BC Soccer Bylaws, Rules Reguatlions and Policies Page