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I Want to be a referee

So, why would anyone want to be a referee? Read on to find out how some referee’s reasons why:

"If you are interested in soccer, refereeing can keep you involved in the game, keep you fit and provide a little income throughout the year. You will make many friends and you will be putting something back into the sport you love."

"It’s great to be involved in soccer and there are many opportunities to progress to the top. The social side is also great and you make many friends."

These are just a few comments from those who have experienced refereeing at every level. Like them you will see a different side to soccer, an important and essential part of the game.
You might think you know something about the Laws of the Game but you will get a surprise when you attend the classes for new entrants. Find out for yourself ..you won’t be disappointed.

Some important points:

1. Detailed knowledge of soccer is not required, but some knowledge helps.
2. While some previous playing, coaching or officiating experience is always helpful, no experience is required to become a soccer referee.
3. You should be able to run with (not necessarily outrun) the players… get in shape to referee, not referee to get in shape.

To become a qualified referee, there are a few easy steps everyone must go through. The first is to attend a mandatory classroom training session. These "Entry Level Clinics" are offered in many locations around the province each year, most often during the spring months. Eight-hour clinics are offered as one or two day events; sixteen-hour clinics are often held as weekend courses (Saturday and Sunday).

At the conclusion of the instructional classes a written examination will be given to all who have completed the course. The examination is True-False, Multiple Choice questions. Candidates must get at least 80% correct to pass the test.

If you would like to become a referee, contact your District or local club for information about upcoming clinics.
Small Sided Game

The Small Sided Game Course is for those who would like to become an accredited referee on 7v7 games and are 12 years of age (by March 31st, 2015) and older. By taking the course a referee is automatically registered for the 2015 season with the OSA and does not have to register again until the following year. Course accreditation is valid permanently, no re-accreditation on Small Sided Game (7v7) required.

The Small Sided Course is based on the "Laws of the Small Sided Game - 7v7"

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CSA / OSA Uniform Policy

a)  All Match Officials in Competitions under the jurisdiction of The Association and Provincial Associations must wear uniforms comprising plain black shirts and black shorts . Socks shall be black. Adidas grey is considered black. Referees may only wear an alternative colour uniform when there is a clash between the uniform shirts of the outfield players of one of the teams and the referee’s first choice colour. The preferred alternative second choice colour is yellow, the third blue. This may be reviewed by The Canadian Soccer Association from time to time. Yellow or blue shirts should have a black collar where one is fitted.

b)  Match Officials are required to wear the current FIFA or the appropriate Canadian Soccer Association badge which must be worn on the left breast pocket. No other competition or association badge may be worn.

c)  No advertising of any nature, save as set out below, is permitted on Match Officials’ clothing without the consent of The Ontario Soccer Association in accordance with the Canadian Soccer Association ...
2017 Referee Registration Fees

District (aged 16-17)
2017 Registration Fee - $50.00 / LTOD Program Fee - $5.00 / District Development Fee - $5.00 Total $60.00

11v11 Officials aged 18 and over (District/Regional/Provincial)
2017 Registration Fee - $92.00 / LTOD Program Fee - $23.00 / District Development Fee - $10.00 Total $125.00

As I get to spend a lot of time with people that I respect and are either ex-FIFA or National, I listen to what they say, and I learn each time I am with them. Here is some of what I have learnt from them, and my personal recommendations:

BE PATIENT! A first year provincial match official is not going to get assigned to USL or League1 Ontario Men’s middles. They may be assigned to League1 Women’s lines, but very rarely (if at all) a men’s middle. Every official has to take steps towards reaching their goals. Set a 3 year goal to be in the ART program; set a 6 year goal to be nationally nominated. Don’t think this will happen overnight.

SET GOALS: Set goals that are realistic and achievable. It could be that you will improve your man management skills by the end of the season; that you will shave 3 seconds off of your interval time; that you will spend time online watching education videos; improve your report writing skills. Each goal will eventually add up to making you a stronger official.comes.

DON’T JUST REFEREE: Think you are a much better referee than AR? So how do you handle that with assignors? My suggestion is to become a better AR, which in natural attrition will make you an even better referee as a lot of the skills are interchangeable – foul recognition, managing the benches, paperwork, match awareness. Don’t just concentrate on what you are good at – concentrate where you need improvement. One day you may get that last minute call that an AR is needed in a higher level game – you need to be confident and ready when that call comes

READ YOUR ASSESSMENTS: Don’t just look at the mark! There are areas in the written assessment that will show you where you need improvement. Don’t just think because you got the required 8.2 that you are the perfect match official, and have nothing to work on. Ask questions of your assessor, take constructive criticism seriously, and do not get defensive. Embrace the opportunity to learn from someone who is there to help you, not deter you..

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LTOD Frequently Asked Questions
The first of its kind in Canada, LTOD is a structured, supported, and consistent development pathway designed specifically for Ontario Soccer’s match official community. Spanning the province of Ontario, this pathway will help match officialsls ...
2017 Educational Sessions
On May 31st, we will be holding a Long Term Officials Development Meeting at the Barrie Soccer Club Office in Midhurst This Session is the last chance tu fulfill MANDATORY Requarment ( participating in at least one of  Sessions)  for all Match Officials who want to Officiate District Level games and above and will be focusing on the new LTOD initiative set out by Ontario Soccer as well as highlight key changes to the Laws of the Game ...
Long Term Officials Development (LTOD) will inspire and empower all to reach their personal development goals by providing a standards-based education  and development program ...
Long Term Officials Development