BC Soccer Grassroots Referee Development Seminar Kamloops 2017

BC Soccer is thrilled to announce the third annual Grassroots Referee Development Seminar to be hosted in Kamloops January 27-28 2017

Vancouver BC, January 27 2017 –BC Soccer is excited to continue to invest in referee development by delivering the third annual Grassroots Referee Development Seminar hosted in Kamloops on Friday January 27 and Saturday January 28 2017.  The Grassroots Referee Development Program, and this upcoming seminar, are designed to better meet the needs of registered and potential new referees all across the province at the grassroots level.  

“We’ve seen some great progress from the first two seminars and we are really pleased to offer this opportunity for new and existing grassroots referees again,” said John Reed, BC Soccer Referee Committee Chair. “The seminar is for Small Sided referees as well as Youth and District level referees who want to further education, training, and access to their future mentors - our referee development officers and head referees.”

The Grassroots Referee Development Seminar will provide education for current BC Soccer registered referees, as well as bring together Referee Development Officers (RDO), referee mentors, and Head Referees in preparation for the 2017 interior soccer season. The development seminar will be hosted at the Kamloops Soccer Dome and the instructor training and referee education sessions will be conducted both on-field and in the classroom.

“BC Soccer Grassroots programming really helps with referee the development of these young referees but it also helps ensure consistency amongst what the referees are learning,” said Jose Branco, BC Soccer Referee Development Coordinator.

BC Soccer has designed this weekend to provide Head Referees and Referee Development Officers across BC with structured education session which will include information that the referees can take back to the districts and clubs they serve. Bringing all of these RDO’s and Head Referees together will help consistency amongst referee education as BC Soccer’s on field and in-classroom education is consistent with Canada Soccer and FIFA.

Event Details

When: Friday January 27th and Saturday January 28th, 2017
Where: The Kamloops Soccer Dome (313 Nishga Way Kamloops, BC,  V2H 1T6)
Open to: Small Sided, Youth and District Referees, Head Referees, and BC Soccer’s appointed Referee Development Officers

Cost: FREE

What to Bring: Please bring appropriate attire for both in classroom and on field sessions.


8:45 am to 9:30 am

Check In/Registration

Soccer Dome

9:45 am to 10:00 am

Grassroots Education Intro

Soccer Dome

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Grassroots Education Session

Soccer Dome

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


KYSA Clubhouse

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Grassroots Education Classroom Session

KYSA Clubhouse

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Head Referee (Small-side, Duties, Forum)

KYSA Clubhouse

About the BC Soccer Grassroots Referee Development Program

The goals of the Grassroots Referee Development Program are;

  • To raise the level of competence of all registered referees at the grassroots level across the province,
  • To provide support and foster recruitment, education, development and retention of referees,
  • To supply timely and relevant reporting about the referees to BC Soccer and the Referee Committee via the Referee Development Coordinator.

The learning environment of the Grassroots Referee Development Program is one that is fun, challenging, and educational. These environments allow opportunities for registered and potentially new referees to develop a passion and love for refereeing while being supported by their Head Referee, Head Mentors, Schedulers and their local club / organization.

The program educates and supports Head Referees and Referee Mentors through theoretical and practical referee education sessions along with educating/training Referee Schedulers in ‘best practices’ within refereeing appointing to assist in building a solid foundation for the development of referees across the province at the grassroots level. 

The Grassroots Referee Development Program needs to be a shared and cooperative program at the club, district and league levels with a proactive vision for the betterment of the game. Its success will be measured by the numbers of these referees who are retained over the years and continue their personal development within the referee program and soccer in general.

BC Soccer has trained the 9 Referee Development Officers who are in the process of reaching out to the Head Referees, mentors and Referee Schedulers within their assigned region to start setting the schedule for the required workshops. These workshops will be designed to help the foundation and framework for the future development of Head Referees, Mentors and Schedulers who work with the current referees and potential new referees at the grassroots level in their region/club.  The content will include:

  • Present updated referee training material
  • Introduce fundamental refereeing skills
  • Provide small-sided referee training and support

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body with the mission to govern, promote and develop the game of soccer in British Columbia in a professional and progressive manner. Established in 1907, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sport organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants.  As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues and districts.

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,200 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators and soccer leaders. Working with its 40 member Youth Districts and 11 Adult Leagues as well as their affiliate member clubs, BC Soccer operates under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer’s vision is to ensure every British Columbian has the opportunity to be involved in soccer as part of a lifelong commitment to active, health and involved lifestyle.