Referee Development

WIA players ages 12 and above are required to be certified referees and are required to referee 3-5 games per season.

The BC Soccer Referee Program exists to support and foster the development and education of referees from grassroots to elite levels of refereeing throughout British Columbia. This is achieved through the Referee Education and Assessment Programs.

The goal of BC Soccer is to provide member referees with the tools necessary to help build the future of soccer in British Columbia and to development referees. If referees strive to be successful, they need more than law interpretation skills and experience, although these are both indispensable. Being a successful soccer referee is about personal desire towards continuing education and learning about the game and the laws that govern it.

The BC Soccer Referee Program is a shared and cooperative program with a proactive vision for the betterment of the game. Ultimately, our success will be measured by the growth of the game, at all levels, in British Columbia.


The Small Sided Games Referee Clinic (formerly known as Class 5) 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 Games Referee and may officiate in any under 12 and below match.

  • Pre-requisite: Minimum 12 Years old
  • Course Length: 8 hours (normally)
  • Course Fee: set by the host District / Club
  • Clinic Time: Various / depending on District / Club

All Small Sided Games Clinics are delivered through the District and/or Club and supported by the Club Head Referee Model. If you are interested in Small Sided Games Clinics please contact the coordinator listed above for more information.


The Entry Level Referee Clinic is the entry point into the Provincial Referee Program. 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 three day clinic is, through experienced referee instructors and video, provide the knowledge of refereeing in all aspect of the game. The topics covered include, but are not limited to the Laws of the Game, Positioning, Signals, Administration of the game, and Preparation & Match Reporting.

  • Pre-requisite: Minimum 14 Years old
  • Course Length: 17 hours
  • Course Fee: $100.00
  • Clinic Time: Various / depending on District / Club

Youth Programs