Referee Rules, Regulations & Resources


All referees must comply with the BC Soccer regulations relating to referees and the code of ethics - BC Soccer Referee Rules and Regulations.

The above BC Soccer Referee Rules and Regulations comply with the Canadian Soccer Association’s “Regulations for the Registration and Control of Referees”.


FIFA Law Amendments:

BC Soccer One page summary of IFAB Law Amendments JUNE 2019

Changes to the Laws and Clarifications 2019/2020

Presentation of all changes to the Laws and clarifications 2019/2020, incl video examples

Canadian Soccer Association policies and directives

Lightning Safety / Severe Weather Policy (Updated July 2017)
Environment Canada Video - Lightning safety
Players Wearing Casts Policy
Insulin Pump Policy


Continuing Education and Referee Resources

Referee Education and fitness training are key areas that referees can improve their performance. It is recommended that referees attend educational sessions with their local Head Referee, BC Soccer Candidates Programming, BCSRA or local Referee Association meetings. Below you will find both fitness training resource materials and also Laws of the Game from the FIFA website.

Candidates Program

OVERVIEW

BC Soccer introduced the Referee Candidates Program in the fall of 2007, under the leadership of the BC Soccer Referee Development Coordinator, Jose Branco. This program is designed to provide Talented and Experienced referees from across the province the ability to hone their referee skills through on and off field training and education sessions on a weekly base using FIFA Futuro III material and methodology. The goal is that these referees will develop and improve their skills and be utilized in appropriate matches. This program works with referees above the Grassroots levels and at times will include higher level referees that are working on their base levels.

This program is offered in 3 regional centers in 4 locations across BC (Burnaby, Victoria, Langley and Cloverdale) with each facilitating a 45-60-minute referee specific fitness/practical session and on certain dates followed by an hour theoretical and practical education

GOAL

The primary goal of this program is to provide this group of officials a progressive positive educational referee specific environment where they can work, learn and grow.  Additionally, if desired, members of this program can work towards climbing the Provincial Referee ladder in hopes to obtain the highest level that they can achieve, while others can continue a lifelong involvement in the Referee Program as a potential Referee Instructor, Assessor, Club Head Referee or Mentor.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants will be reviewed by the BC Soccer Referee Department to ensure the official is at the appropriate level to be included into this program, applicants that are not included will be notified and recommended to continue their training within District/Club Grassroots Referee programs where they can improve their skills for possible acceptance at a later date.  

Referees will apply to BC Soccer through a Google form which will be reviewed taking into consideration the Pre-requisites. Link Below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevIybdbS2FMhscmDXtdq1O4GRGveb7k_Xsjata7jmAGj0qPg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Officials are expected to uphold and advance high standards of ethical conduct by being honest and impartial; increasing their competence and prestige; using their knowledge and skill to improve the game; and, respecting the dignity and status of, and relationships with, their colleagues.

SESSIONS

Sessions are broken up into two types Theoretical and Practical/Fitness and are intended to improve the skill sets of the officials over time.

Theoretical Sessions

The Theoretical Classroom sessions will be led by High Level BC Soccer Instructors who will be working on topics such as but not limited to the following.

  • Fouls and misconducts
  • Teamwork
  • Player Management
  • Positioning and Movement
  • Fitness

The sessions and educational material is made specific to this program and officials within the Candidates Program. It is intended to improve and ensure consistence expected at the Competitive Youth and Amateur Adult levels within BC.

For more information about the Candidates Program, please contact Referee Development Coordinator, Jose Branco at: josebranco@bcsoccer.net 

Fitness Program and Resources

Fitness Program and Resources

The Referee Fitness Program is intended to help Referees improve their fitness as it pertains to Refereeing and to improve both your on-field performances and enjoyment in Refereeing.  This area briefly outlines Fitness testing Protocols and Procedures, Hydration Tips, Fitness Qualities, and basics in Fitness training.


Referee Fitness Test Protocol

Category

FIFA Fitness Test Standards

Beep Test

Men

CODA

 

Sprints

Interval Run (4000 m)

Shuttles

Referee (FIFA, National)

n/a

6.0 sec

15/18 sec

n/a

AR (FIFA, National)

10 Sec

4.7 sec

15/20 sec

n/a

Provincial

n/a

6.4 sec

15/20 sec

n/a

Regional

n/a

6.6 sec

17/22 sec

8

District

n/a

6.6 sec

17/22 sec

6

 

 

 

 

 

Women

 

Sprints

Interval Run

Shuttles

Referee (FIFA, National)

n/a

6.4 sec

17/20 sec

n/a

AR (FIFA, National)

11 Sec

5.1 sec

17/22 sec

n/a

Provincial

n/a

6.6 sec

17/22 sec

n/a

Regional

n/a

6.8 sec

17/24 sec

7

District

n/a

6.8 sec

17/24 sec

6

Fitness Test and Criteria for Referees

All referees, from Youth Referee to Provincial Referee are required to participate and complete an annual fitness test. These Fitness Tests are conducted at Annual Refresher courses for Regional, and District/Youth Referees, FIFA, National and Provincial Referees have different Fitness Testing requirements. The required Fitness tests is based on their referee classification, the Beep Test is conducted at the Refresher. FIFA Fitness Testing is conducted two to three times a year in the Lower Mainland to ensure the test meets the requirements of both FIFA and the CSA

** Officials nominated to the National Program must successfully complete the Fitness test to the ‘Nominated National’ standard. Upon being selected by the Canada Soccer Referees Committee to join the National List, he/she must then successfully complete the fitness test prior to the start of the season to the standard as directed by the Committee.

Fitness Test and Criteria for Referees

•           Repeated Sprints 6 X 40M a 7th if a sprint is failed

•           Interval Test High Speed Runs over 75M with 25M Walk x 40= 4000M

FIFA, National & Nominated Assistant Referees:

•           CODA (Change of Direction Assessment) x 1

•           Repeated Sprints 5 X 30M a 6th if a sprint is failed

•           Interval Test High Speed Runs over 75M with 25M Walk x 40= 4000M

Regional & District/Youth Referees:

•           Beep Test which is an intermittent run that has a dictated pace and recovery period

•           Regional & District referees mayay run the FIFA Fitness test to the Regional Standard for their gender or          Higher to complete their Annual Fitness Test


Fitness Training Advice - Do's & Don'ts

Hydration Tips

Current Macro Cycle

7 Steps Of Wall Management
Referee Considerations For Fouls
BC Soccer Air Quality Guidelines

 


For Canada Soccer policies regarding lightning, casts, and insulin pumps please visit the BC Soccer Bylaws, Rules Reguatlions and Policies Page