How to Become a Soccer Referee
Anyone interested in becoming a soccer referee must first register into a referee course at www.refcentre.com/ontario/
There are two courses that you can take – each one allows you to referee a specific age:
Small Sided Course – allows you to referee players from U6 to U10 as they play a modified game with specific rules different from older players
Entry Level Course – allows you to referee players from U11 and up including adults
If you are under 14 you can only take the Small Sided Course but if you are over 14 by April 1st each year we advise you to take both courses as this will allow you to referee all age brackets giving you a better chance to referee quite a few games per week.
Choosing a Course
Once you have decided what course you need to take click on the link above and register for a course. To take a local course Search by Club and select Cobourg. Two courses will then appear – please ensure to select the correct one!
Click on the register button and follow the prompts to the end. Once registered you will receive an email verifying the course and to instruct you on payment.
If the local course date does not work with your schedule then search by club and click on Peterborough or another nearby centre for course dates.
Club Referee Application
Once you have successfully completed the referee course then you must apply to the club to referee for the season.
To begin create/login to your referee account under the PowerUp Management system. Once you are logged in you can click on the Volunteer Now! button then on the Apply Now button under the 2019 season. Then complete the form ensuring to only check off that you want to volunteer as a referee and to fill in under “Referee Level” if you are only a small sided referee only, entry level referee only or small sided and entry level referee. You must wait for club approval to your application before you can edit your availability. This application process must be completed for every Outdoor and Indoor season you wish to referee in.
Why Become a Soccer Referee?
If you’re on this page, you’ve at least considered the idea of putting on the jersey, badge, and whistle and taking charge of a game. Refereeing can be an enjoyable and fun experience, and a great way to stay involved in the beautiful game of soccer. Read on for some of the great benefits of being a Referee!
Refereeing a soccer game is good exercise. You can be outside and run around, enjoy exciting games, and make a few dollars. It can keep you in shape for your own sports, help you lose weight, or just have some fun.
The game needs referees. Referees are there to make sure the game is fair, fun, and safe. You are doing a service to the community and to the players, coaches, and fans.
Life is full of challenges and being a referee is a perfect way to learn how to meet them head-on and know that you can handle them. Soccer is an emotional game. Players get excited. Fans get excited. Coaches get excited. Learning how to cope with their emotions while keeping yours in check will serve you well throughout your life. Other challenges are pushing yourself to learn more, run longer and faster, and work better with your partners.
There are not too many things that a young person can do that pays as well as being a soccer referee. You can work a few hours and make some pretty good money. As you improve and work higher level games, the money improves. The hourly rate is higher than working at a fast-food restaurant and you can work outside.
2019 Laws of the Game
The 2018 laws of the game are now available to download. Please click here to do so.
For a complete explanation of the laws of the game, modifications and explanations for the rule changes please click here
2019 Mandatory Education Sessions
If you are interested in refereeing for the Cobourg Soccer Club you must attend the 1 of the 3 dates listed below depending on your certification and age:
New and Returning referees must apply to the club to referee for the 2019 Outdoor season. Please login to your referee account under the PowerUp Management system. Once you are logged in you can click on the Volunteer Now! button then on the Apply Now button under the 2019 season. Then complete the form ensuring to only check off that you want to volunteer as a referee and to fill in under “Referee Level” if you are only a small sided referee only, entry level referee only or small sided and entry level referee. You must wait for club approval to your application before you can edit your availability. This application process must be completed for every Outdoor and Indoor season you wish to referee in.
OS Referee Registration – All RETURNING referees aged 15 and over, must complete an online education evaluation in the Laws of the Game and current FIFA amendments as part of the 2019 Referee Registration.
Remember that if you are an Entry Level and Small Sided Referee you only need to complete the Entry Level education evaluation.
There is a 1 hour time limit when taking the online education evaluation and you must complete it in 1 sitting. There will be no pass/fail but your grade may reflect what division you are assigned to referee during the 2018 season. This option will open February 15, 2019 and remain open through the 2018 registration season. Once this is completed, the referee’s registration can be processed.
Any referee who does not have access to a computer can visit the local library for free access options. As the videos will be embedded through YouTube, an educational setting may restrict the playing of the videos. If you have no way of accessing the internet please contact the office for assistance.
The results of this evaluation will help direct future education and learning opportunities in the district and across the province.
- It will demonstrate to the referees what their personal knowledge level of the current LOTG sits.
- The system will produce a report that will show a district where the majority of their referees are strong in knowledge of LOTG, and where there are visible weaknesses.
- The results report will be able to be retrieved by the District Referee Coordinator through the registration season.
The results report will allow both the district and referee to clearly direct their education and personal development.
1. Visit www.refcentre.com
2. Click on the register button
3. You will have to do the Online Exam at this point. You have 1 hour to complete and you cannot log off during the exam.
4. Next you need to pay your dues to Ontario Soccer. To do this click on the Registration tab at the top of the page.
5. Complete the process as required. You will be asked to pay one of two ways
i) Online via Pay Pal with your credit card or Pay Pal account
ii) By submitting a cheque to the OS.
Please note that if you choose option ii) you will also be charged a $5.00 processing fee.
|Caution Form (Yellow Card)
Dismissal Form (Red Card or 2 Yellows)
Special Incident Form – this form is to be used if there is an incident involving a spectator, coach or any other outside agent.
Reminder that all house league caution or dismissal forms are to be directly emailed to Keri Castle-Sedore by clicking here
All forms must be emailed to Keri withing 48 hours of the card being issued.