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BC Soccer's Referee Program exists to support and foster the development and education of referees from the grassroots to elite level of refereeing throughout British Columbia.The goal of BC Soccer is to provide registered referees across British Columbia with the tools necessary to help them develop their referee abilities. 

The coronavirus pandemic has affected many activities, including soccer. In many regions soccer activity has considerably curtailed, however as in-person/classroom referee clinic activity is now extremely limited, BC Soccer is embracing alternative ways to support and provide referee certification and training in BC. It is important to provide solutions that allow referees to develop and train as safely and effectively as possible during these times. 

November 2020 - BC Soccer has updated the current Small Sided and Entry Level Clinics for virtual and distance-based delivery in alignment with BC Soccer's Return to Play guidelines. 

Small Sided Referee Clinics

The Small Sided Referee Clinic is the basics of refereeing and is offered to individuals who are no less than 12 years of age. Once an individual is successful in passing this clinic, they are classified as a Small Sided Referee and may officiate in matched with players between U-6 and U-12.

The updated Small Sided Referee clinic will focus on the latest Small Sided Rules teaching materials, and delivery of the clinic has been revised to consist of (two) 2-hour Zoom sessions, (one) 2-hour on-field session; followed by an online exam.

Pre-requisite: Minimum 12 Years old
Clinic Length: 6 hours
Clinic Time: will depend on request
Clinic Fee is $40.00 (plus $4.46 user fee / system processing fee)
Clinic information for participants: CLICK HERE
Schedule of clinics and Registration: CLICK HERE
 
Entry Level Referee Clinics

The Entry Level Referee Clinic is the entry point into 11 a-side soccer. Once an individual is successful in passing this clinic they will be classified as a Youth Referee (if they are 14 or 15 years old) or a District Referee (if they are 16 years old or older). The goal of this clinic is to ensure that individuals who pass are capable to be either a Referee or an Assistant Referee in 11 a-side soccer.

The updated delivery of the current Entry Level Clinic has been revised to consist of 17 online self-guided Law-based modules and questions via RefCentre (approx. 10 hours), one 2.5-hour theoretical Zoom session, one 3.5 hour on-field session, followed by an online exam. Students will be given a minimum of 7-days to complete the online training.

Pre-requisite: Minimum 14 Years old by or on the day of the clinic
Clinic Length: 17 hours
Clinic Time: will depend on the request
Clinic Fee: $131.25 plus a $4.46 user fee / system processing fee (includes GST)
Clinic information for participants: CLICK HERE
Schedule of Clinics and Registration: CLICK HERE
Referee Refresher Clinics

The Canadian Soccer Association and the British Columbia Soccer Association requires all referees to attend a Referee Refresher Clinic annually and register with the BC Soccer office in order to maintain their active status.

Referee Refresher Clinics are designed to update all Registered Referees in British Columbia with any Laws of the Game changes and interpretations. The clinic content of the refresher is developed by the Referee Education Program and launched in August of each year.

Registering for a Refresher Clinic

Important Note: Referees MUST register online AND pay the fees prior to attending the clinic. No ‘walk-ins’ will be allowed to attend.

To register for a BC Soccer Refresher clinic please follow the steps below:

1. Log in to your Ref Centre account at www.refcentre.com in the top right hand corner with your e-mail address and password.  If you have forgotten your password, please click the "Forgot Password" button in the top right hand corner and your password will be e-mailed to you.

2.  Go to ‘Registration’ then ‘Refresher Courses’. Click register and follow the prompts to complete your registration for the Refresher Clinic.

3. Once a referee has completed registration (including payment) via Ref Centre, and attends the annual BC Soccer Refresher clinic, he/she will automatically be registered April 1st of the following year.

4. Referees who have not completed registration for the BC Soccer Refresher clinic (including payment) via Ref Centre will NOT be allowed to attend the BC Soccer Refresher clinic.

If you’re not currently a referee and are interested in becoming a referee your first step is to take the Entry Level Referee Clinic or Small Sided Referee Clinic.

Find out more here: http://bcsoccer.net/referee-clinics

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Schedule of Clinics and Registration: CLICK HERE (you must log into your referee account to be able to register/sign up for any refresher clinics)
*all referees are required to register for a Refresher clinic

Regional Level Referee Course

The Regional Level Referee Clinic is for referees who are looking to achieve the next level in the Provincial Referee Program and be able to referee high level matches.

The goal of this three day clinic is to teach and give appropriate tools to all individuals to advance their skills.

The topics covered include:
- Laws of the Game
- FIFA Fitness Test and Warm-up procedures
- Dealing with Confrontation
- Role of the Assistant Referee
- Achieving and Maintaining Match Control
- Right place Right time
- Recognizing Challenges

Pre-requisite: Must currently be a BC Soccer Registered Referee
Course Length: 17 hours

Provincial Promotion Course

The Provincial Referee Clinic is for referees who are looking to achieve the next level in the Provincial Referee Program and have the skills to meet the requirements of a Provincial Referee.

Pre-requisite: Must currently be a BC Soccer Registered Referee and apply for consideration or been nominated by the BC Soccer Referee Committee at its Annual Review in December.

Referee must have successfully completed the FIFA fitness test and also passed and complete an online examination on the Laws of the Game prior to the course. This exam will be administered and evaluated by either the CSA Referee department or BC Soccer Referee department and the candidates must pass with a mark of not less than 80% (Note: officials are only offered one attempt at this examination – this is a single annual examination set by the CSA and there are no retakes).

Course Length: 17 hours

The three day course is an intensive mix of practical and theoretical referee training.
 

Referee Clinic & Registration Refunds

CLINIC REFUNDS
In the event that a paid registrant cannot attend a clinic, registrants may transfer to a similar clinic within the same payment model as the original registration (i.e. Student Pay) before the clinic starts, or within 18 months after the original clinic date. If there are no appropriate clinics available to transfer to, refunds of clinic fees will be issued upon request by emailing Lynda Mulder at lyndamulder@bcsoccer.net 

The refund e-mail request must include the following details:
• Full Name of Registrant
• Full name of Original Payee (i.e.; credit card holder name)
• Who the refund should be made payable to
• Current Mailing Address
• Clinic number and, payment confirmation (receipt)
• Reason for refund request
Completed EFT Form
Approved refunds will be issued via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) within 45 days of the request date

Partially completed clinics are non-refundable. The system user fee paid on all clinics is non-refundable, with the exception of clinics cancelled by BC Soccer. Annual referee registration fees are non-refundable. 

Host a Clinic

BC Soccer is pleased to work with the membership and their affiliate clubs to help develop referees and to help BC Soccer members access registered refereees. Please see below for information on how your district/club can host a referee clinic and for information on how to access BC Soccer Registered Referees.

Member Access to BC Soccer Referees

In 2008 the BC Soccer Board discussed the topic of distributing personal contact information of referees as it relates to the privacy information act (PIPA) was discussed.

The following was approved:

PIPA (Personal Information and Privacy Act) requires organizations to give consideration as to how privacy matters are handled. Having reviewed the PIPA material there is clearly no intent to hamstring organizations as they go about their daily business in a reasonable fashion. To quote one specific section from the PIPA outline:

Deemed Consent: PIPA says that an individual is “deemed” to consent to collection, use or disclosure of personal information if the individual provides it for a purpose that would, at the time, be considered obvious to a reasonable person.” (PIPA Guide, Page 14).

Clearly, referees are “reasonable persons” and therefore, by participating in a BC Soccer approved course and by completing annual registration that, in combination, allows them the right to referee within B.C., they would most certainly expect their names to be circulated to individuals who might desire to use their services.

Therefore any individual within the membership of BC Soccer who falls into one of the below categories and has submitted the appropriate forms to the BC Soccer Head Office is able to receive access, on a regular basis, to the up-to-date / complete BC Soccer Registered Referees List.

    - Scheduler
    - Discipline Representative
    - Adult League Representative
    - Youth District Representative
    - Head Referee / Referee-In-Chief
    - Tournament Scheduler
    - Club / District Executive Director


Member Organizations MUST ensure compliance with BC Soccer’s Rule 17- Criminal Record Checks for all individuals who are gaining access to the list of BC Soccer Registered Referees.

Individuals who are gaining access to the list of BC Soccer registered referees are able to view personal information.  Therefore the organization that the individual is accessing the information on behalf, have a serious potential liability and MUST ensure they are in compliance with BC Soccer’s Rule 17) (Risk Management / Criminal Record Check complaince).

For more information on Risk Management and specific steps on how to complete a criminal record check, please visit of "Risk Management" page.


How to set-up an account to view the list of BC Soccer Registered Referees

In order to gain access to the new BC Soccer Ref Centre referee management system which will allow you to view the list of currently registered referees, please follow the steps below.

1. Please visit  www.refcentre.com/bcaccountrequests
2. Request an account by completing the form
3. A staff member from E2E will contact you via e-mail with instructions once they create your account
4. To log in with your credentials visit www.refcentre.com

Once you have your account and log into the Ref Centre, the list of BC Soccer registered referee is located under the ‘Report’ tab at the top of the page and the ‘Registration Report’ is the report you need.

You can export this list to excel by clicking on the ‘export to Excel’ link located under the ‘Submit’ button.  Once in excel you can sort and view as needed.

If you are also a Clinic Host you are able to request Entry Level and Refresher clinics online via your account.  This can be done under the ‘Course Management’ tab by click on the ‘Add’ option and filling in and following the prompts.

1. Where it asks for ‘Type of Session’,
Open = Available for anyone to register, and
Private = Only individuals that have the code that you create can register
2. On the next page you can identify where the individual pays or if the host is paying for the participants.

It is explicitly understood that any individual who is granted access to view the list of registered referees agrees to;

1. Not recreate, reproduce, nor redistribute any and all data, document, and information provided to by BC Soccer without their expressed written consent.
2. Only use the information provided for British Columbia Soccer Association affiliated/sanctioned activity.

Member and Affiliate member clubs - Clinic Hosting

BC Soccer has improved the process for requesting referee clinics online via the BC Soccer RefCentre referee management system.

In order for you to be able to request the clinics that your club and/or district are looking to host, please follow the steps below.

Create an account:

  1. Please visit  www.refcentre.com/bcaccountrequests
  2. Request an account by completing the form
  3. A staff member from E2E will contact you via e-mail with instructions once they create your account
  4. To log in with your credentials visit www.refcentre.com

Request a course:

  1. Login to Administrative RefCentre account www.refcentre.com
  2. Under “course management” select “add”
  3. Select which course you wish to offer “entry level” or “small sided”
  4. Select the registration model;

OPEN: Anyone can register for this course. Each individual/student must pay themselves.

PRIVATE: The host can enter a code for the clinic. Only those who have/use the private code can register.
 
There are two payment options displayed on the next screen:
Option 1: Student Pays - Each individual/student must pay for the clinic
Option 2: Host Pays - BC Soccer will invoice the host for all students who attend the clinic.
 
OPEN/PRIVATE: In this option, anyone may register for the course; if an individual enters the private code when registering, then the host will pay and BC Soccer will invoice the host for this person’s clinic fee. If the individual does not enter the private code, student will be prompted to pay for the clinic.
 
If the PRIVATE or OPEN/PRIVATE clinic option is selected, the host is responsible for distributing the code to participants it will be invoiced for. (Note: the host will be invoiced for all participants that use the code, once the course has been completed).
 

Please allow a minimum of 5 business days for BC Soccer to approve your course. Courses will not be approved until an instructor has been arranged. This can take some time, especially in remote regions, or during peak times when instructors servicing your region may already be assigned to other courses.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Small Sided Clinic request dates provided by the host must be received by BC Soccer a minimum of 3-4 weeks prior to suggested Small Sided Clinic start times, and Entry Level Clinic request dates provided by the host must be received by BC Soccer a minimum of 4-5 weeks prior to suggested Entry Level Clinic start times. All clinics are subject to BC Soccer's approval.

To View your Class List:

Go to Course Management – Management - View

To Edit your Course Details:

Go to Course Management – View – Edit

To Contact your Instructor:

Go to Course Management – Instructor – click their name to e-mail them or see their phone number


Referee Clinic Information

Referee Clinic Information Package

(Updated November 2020 for virtual and distanced-based delivery in alignment with BC Soccer Return to Play Guidelines)

Should you have any questions regarding Referee Refresher and Entry Level Referee Clinic set up please feel free to contact:

Lynda Mulder
Referee Programs Coordinator