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 reccommended. 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. Sucessful 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.
Registration info emailed to Players (If you did not get the email, please email email@example.com to get the private code and then Register at
Small Sided Referee Clinic – August 16-17, 2019 (Sorry, course is full and registration is closed)
August 16th (6 – 9pm) and Aug 17th (9am – 1pm) – must attend both days
Hyde Creek Community Centre (1379 Laurier Ave Port Coquitlam)
Cost: $40 + $4.46 processing fee
Entry Level Referee Clinic – August 9-11, 2019
August 9th (6 – 9pm), Aug 10th (9am – 4pm), and Aug 11th (8:30am – 1:30pm) – must attend all 3 days.
Gates Park Meeting Room & Turf #2 (2300 Reeve St Port Coquitlam)
Cost: $131.25 + $4.46 processing fee
Entry Level Refresher Course – September 6, 2019
This is required each year and the prerequisite is previously completing the Entry Level course
Friday, September 6th 6pm – 9pm
Hyde Creek Recreation Centre (1379 Laurier Ave, Port Coquitlam)
Itinerary: Attendance, Fitness (Beep Test), Changes to Laws of Game
(PowerPoint & Video)
For private Course Number & Course Code, please email our Referee Manager Marco Arruda:
Link to registration instructions: https://bcsoccer.net/referee-clinics