Becoming a Referee

Becoming a Referee
If you wish to become a referee, you must complete and pass an Ontario Soccer (7X7) mini soccer or entry-level referee course. A new referee may not skip this step and register directly with Ontario Soccer. Gloucester Recreational Soccer normally offers two courses in each category every spring. Registration for these courses opens in late January or early February. For first year Referees at each level, the cost includes the Ontario Soccer registration as well as the clinic fee. 

7v7 Small Sided Soccer Referee

Effective 2009, the Canadian Soccer Association set the minimum age of the Entry Level Referees to 14 years. This created a gap for the hundreds of 12 and 13 year old Ontario Soccer referees. In order to continue to provide development opportunities for the younger referees, the Ontario Soccer Referee Department developed a Small Sided Soccer Referee Course for 12 and 13 year olds.

To participate in a Small Sided Soccer Referee Course, an individual must be at least 12 years old on or before March 31st the year of the course. 

Participants of the course will become certified Ontario Soccer Mini Soccer Referees, and will be qualified to referee 7 v 7, Tiny Tot and Mini Soccer games. These referees will not be certified to referee or act as the assistant referee on any 9v9 or 11 v 11 games at any level until they reach the age of 14. 

For information on course application, click here

11 x 11 (Entry Level) Referee

2009 marked the province-wide launch of the new Entry Level Referee Course. The Canadian Soccer Association designed this course with the aim of providing a more uniform approach in teaching the Laws of the Game, leading to a greater degree of uniformity in the understanding and application of the Laws of the Game across Canada.

The new 11 x 11 Referee Course focuses on practical training and the application of the Laws of the Game. It is taught by an Ontario Soccer qualified instructor. Participants are required to complete a Pre-Course Workbook prior to arriving at the course. This gives them a basic knowledge of the laws before entering the classroom. During the course, participants will engage in interactive, practical-based training sessions, teaching them how to apply the laws they touched upon in their pre-course work. At the conclusion of the course, participants will write an exam based on the material covered over the duration of the course. Those who pass the examination will be certified as CSA District Referees (if over the age of 16) or Youth Referees (if under the age of 16).

Please note that only those who have turned 14 years of age on or before March 31st of the current year are eligible to take the Entry Level Referee Course. For those under the age of 14, they are eligible to attend the Small Sided Soccer Referee's Course. 

For information on course application, click here

Updated: February 2015