How Do I Become a Referee?
There are two ways to get started as a soccer referee: the small-sided clinic (minimum age 12), or the entry-level clinic (minimum age 14). There is no maximum age for either.
Poco Euro-Rite FC hosts a small-sided clinic, an entry-level clinic, and a refresher clinic at some time in August – September each year. Information will be updated below once dates are confirmed.
Small-Sided Games Referee Clinic
Successful completion of the Small-Sided Clinic certifies you as a Small-Sided game Head-Referee. All small-sided referee candidates must be 12 years of age before or on the date of the small-sided game clinic.
The small-sided clinic is hosted annually by the club (typically in early September), which qualifies you as a Small-Sided Referee. The Small-sided clinic is 7 – 8 hours. Registration is through BC Soccer Directly. Courses can be taken anywhere in BC, but taking the course within our club is recommended. BC Soccer lists all upcoming clinics on their website www.bcsoccer.net.
The Entry-Level clinic is the entry point into the Provincial Referee program and may be taken by anyone age 14 or older on the day of the clinic. Successful completion of this course allows you to Referee or Assistant Referee on full sided games. If you are under 16, you are classified as a Youth Referee; if 16 or older, you are classified as a District Referee.
The goal of this three day clinic is to ensure that individuals who pass are capable to be either a Referee or an Assistant Referee in 11 a-side soccer. This is done with experienced referee instructors who use video educational material and practical on field sessions. The topics covered include, but are not limited to the Laws of the Game, Positioning, Signals, Administration of the game, and Pre-Match Preparation & Match Reporting.
NOTE: although this is not an official policy, new Youth or District referees with no prior small-sided refereeing experience can expect to start out the first season on U11/U12 matches and AR assignments.
The Entry-Level clinic may be taken anywhere; BC Soccer lists all upcoming clinics on their website www.bcsoccer.net. Registration is through BC Soccer directly.
Small sided Referees must pass an online refresher course each year to renew their certification – there is no fee to renew. All Youth/District Entry Level and higher level referees must take an annual in person refresher clinic to maintain their certification. The cost of the clinic itself is free but you must then pay your annual registration fee to BC Soccer in order to register for this course. Important: If you do not register, pay and attend the refresher you may not be allowed by BC Soccer to officiate at any games.
Small Sided Referees
An email will be sent to all U12+ players in early June 2022 regarding a course that will take place in July or August 2022.
Entry Level Referees
An email will be sent to all U14+ players in early June 2022 regarding a course that will take place in July or August 2022.