How to become a referee
There are three options for someone to get started in refereeing.
Option #1 – Grade 9 Referee – minimum age 12. This level of a referee will work games that are Under 4-8. Small sided games of 4v4. These games have only one referee. This is the perfect place for the 12-year-old and some 13/14 year-olds to start with refereeing. The Grade 9 Referee clinic is 5.5 hours on site.
Option #2 – Grade 8 Referee – minimum age 13. This level of a referee can work up to Under-16 games as either a referee or an assistant referee. The age level of game one will work will depend on the referees age. The Grade 8 Entry level clinic includes an online session that is critical to their success as a new referee. The online portion is done prior to the date of the classroom session. The classroom session is eight hours.
Option 3 – GR7 Entry Level Referee – minimum age 17
This option is for player and coaches (current or former) and returning referees. This clinic will have a combination of online learning, classroom learning and a field session. This clinic will be offered a few times a year.This clinic is designed for those who play or did play, 17-Under and up, college soccer or coaches who coach at the upper age level. Do not sign up for this clinic if you don’t meet the stated criteria but rather chose the GR8 clinic. Clinic length – nine hours. When you complete this clinic you will be registered at a GR7 Referee – this badge allows you to work youth and adult soccer games.
Decide which option will be best for you or your child and then find a clinic that works with your schedule. If you are a parent registering your child, please put in the correct name. You can view a complete listing of clinics when you click on referee clinics. Clinics are offered from January – March and the end of July – beginning of September.