Referee FAQ

Have a question about becoming a referee? Maybe what gear you should purchase? How about documentation about the Laws of the Game? Or how about Game Day Protocols for referees at PMSC Home Games? Check out our Frequently Asked "Referee" Questions below. If you have a question, that has not been answered here, please send a note here, or use the form provided below.


  • Does BC Soccer have any rules and regulations that govern registered referees?

    Yes, you can find the information on our "Referee Rules & Regulations" page.

  • How do I re-register as a BC Soccer referee?

    Annual Registration Cycle for all Referees in British Columbia = April 1 through to March 31. Please contact the Referee-in-Chief for more information.

  • I want to be a referee, how do I become a BC Soccer Certified and Registered Referee?

    There are 3 levels of referee opportunities

    • Small-Sided Games Referee (U6-U10). Referees must have turned 12 by September 1 of the current year, and have completed the relevant referee training program.
    • Entry Level Referee (U6-U15). Referees must have turned 14 by September 1 of the current year, and have completed the relevant referee training program and/or attended the annual Refresher Course.
    • District Level Referee (all amateur matches). Referees must have turned 16 by September 1 of the current year, and have completed the relevant referee training program and/or attended the annual Refresher Course.

    Port Moody Soccer Club does not use referees for our U6 and U7 divisions, and requires referees to be a minimum of 2 years older than the age of the players in the match they are refereeing. This does not apply to Assistant Referees.

    Please contact the Referee-In-Chief should you be interested in officiating this season.

  • Small Sided Referee Rules

    Please click here to download the BC Soccer Small Sided Referee Rules.

  • What are the classifications of referees?
    • Small Sided
    • Youth
    • District
    • Regional
    • Provincial
    • National
    • FIFA

    For more information please visit our "Referee Rules and Regulations" page.

  • What do the referees get for their Annual Referee Registration Fee?

    For their registration fee, the referees get:

    • The opportunity to officiate in affiliated soccer;
    • The opportunity to represent their club, district and region at provincial levels;
    • An annual refresher course;
    • The opportunity to be identified for upgrading;
    • Educational material;
    • Ability to display the Canadian Soccer / BC Soccer badge (issued upon successful completion of Entry Level Clinic)
    • FIFA "Laws of the Game"
    • More opportunities to receive mentoring and district assessment;
    • Insurance coverage

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