19 Oct 2011
Oakville Soccer Club is committed to the training and development of soccer referees by providing an environment that allows them to maximize their potential within the profession. We offer a multi-tiered program focused on the various levels of soccer offered through OSC. These include mini soccer, youth and adult categories. Club programs are focused on the recreational game and the development of fundamental skills for controlling the game.
Opportunities also exist for referees to upgrade their skills to officiate at various competitive levels. Working in concert with the local district and the Ontario Soccer Association, we provide a platform from which referees of all ages can progress through the regional and provincial programs available to them. We encourage all referees to upgrade their skills on a regular basis.
How to become a Referee at OSC
Depending upon age you are required to attend a Referee training program. The categories are as follows:
Mini Soccer (minimum age 12 as of April 1). A 6 hour course focused on the Mini game. You will gain an understanding of the rules of the game and how to manage situations that may develop during play. Participants will be trained in the specific requirements set forth by the LTDP program in order to successfully lead the 5v5, 7v7, and the 9v9 game. The course consists of both a theory and practical component. Mini soccer referees are required to recertify on an annual basis. This is an OSA certified program.
Entry Level Youth and Adult (minimum age 14 as of April 1). A 16 hour course spread over a three day period (Friday evening, Saturday, Sunday) focused upon the ‘laws of the game.’ This is an interactive course that is designed to give the new referee a thorough understanding of the components that make up the 5 v 5, 7 v 7, 9 v 9 and the 11 v 11 game. Pre-course study is required and there is an online test at the end of the course on the various subjects covered. The course is made up of both theory and practical components. Also covered are the various elements surrounding LTPD and in particular how the small sided game impacts the role of the referee.
Note: there is a minimum two year age difference between the referee and the age group being covered. For example a 14 year old referee can officiate 8 -12 year old players.
Please note: to officiate adult recreational games you will need a minimum of one year of experience at the senior youth level and have acted as an assistant referee on a regular basis under the supervision of a mentor.
How to Register for a Course
Once you have completed one of the mini or entry level programs we have a support network in place to help you become comfortable in your new role as a referee
This year, all referees who wish to referee in our youth division will be expected to attend an orientation session to go over the club’s expectations of them. The assignment system will be discussed, along with instructions for how to get paid, how to report incidents etc…. The date for this orientation has yet to be determined.
Assistant Referee Clinic
For all referees who are 13 years of age, you may have the opportunity to participate as an Assistant Referee in our U13/U14 age group in the summer of 2014. In order to be considered for an AR position, you must attend our Assistant Referee Clinic. The date of this clinic has not yet been set.
Laws of the Game- Refresher Worksshop
The local district will be running a workshop to prepare you further for the upcoming outdoor season. This is a great opportunity to connect with other referees and build on your knowledge of the game and keep up to date with any changes that have been made to the rules. The date for this course has not yet been determined, but will be posted as soon as we have a date.
(Participants must be 12 as of April 1, 2014)
Course Fee is $50.00 for new referees and $40.00 for returning referees who sign up before December 31, 2013.
The full day courses run from 9-3:30 PM and the two day courses run from 6-9 PM on both days. Students must complete the full 6 hours of class in order to graduate.
- Mini A (February 22)
- Mini B (March 17 and 19)*
- Mini C March 29
- Mini D April 22 and 24*
*Must attend both sessions
Entry Level Courses
(Participants must be 14 as of April 1, 2014)
Course fee is $100.00 for new referees or $90.00 for returning referees who sign up before December 31, 2013.
The courses run on Friday from 6:30-9:30 PM, Saturday from 9-4 PM and Sunday from 9-3 PM. Students must attend all three sessions.
- Entry A (February 7-9)
- Entry B (March 21-23)
- Entry C (April 11-13)
- Entry D (May 2-4)
Please Note: Manual registrations will no longer be taken at the front desk.