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Referees

Contact Head Referee

Interested in becoming a referee?

Look for our upcoming  Jr Gaels' hosted referee courses under our 'Match Official Courses' Tab  or  by visiting Ref Centre here:

https://www.refcentre.com/ontario/

Please note that we are listed here as "Kingston Clippers Soccer Club".

 

To register or maintain standing as a Small Sided Game Match Official, a Match Official must:
a) Be 12 years old as of April 1st of the current year; and
b) Successfully complete the Canada Soccer Small-sided Game Accreditation course
b) Complete the annual Laws of the Game evaluation.
 
To be eligible for consideration for promotion to a Youth Match Official, the Small Sided Game Match Official
must:
a) Be 14 years old as of April 1st of the current year;
b) Successfully complete the Canada Soccer Entry Level Accreditation course; and
c) Be in good standing.
 
When the participant passes the Entry Level Examination they will be eligible to referee as per the appointment chart (see Procedure 5.0 Appointments in the Ontario Soccer Match Officials Policy below)
 
If the participant fails the Entry Level Examination they may re-write the examination. Failing to pass the re-write, the participant will be required to retake the course.
 
To maintain classification as a Youth Match Official, a Match Official must:
a) Officiate only competitions that are sanctioned by Ontario Soccer;
b) Adhere to all Published Rules of Ontario Soccer and be in good standing;
c) Remain current by completing education programming, as required; and
d) Maintain registration each year & pay the annual fees as published by Ontario Soccer.

Referee Respect Policy

Referee Respect and Zero Tolerance Policy - recognize unacceptable behaviour from coaches and parents, and what you can do about it.

Game Day Checklist

Here are a few friendly reminders for your games:

  1. Check before leaving home: uniform, watch, whistle, notebook, cards, flags, coin
  2. Arrive at least 15 minutes early for House League, 30 minutes early for Competitive games
  3. Dress and act professionally (tuck in shirt, socks pulled up, no jewellery)
  4. Check goals for safety and holes in net
  5. Check field for safety
  6. For U14 or U18 games ONLY - collect Game Sheets, ensure coaches have signed, and sign as referee.
  7. Equipment check is mandatory for house league games. No jewellery except medic alert bracelets, no casts, must wear shin pads, etc.
  8. Coin Toss
  9. In the event of severe weather. As soon as you hear thunder, STOP game, quickly get to a safe location. Stay inside for 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder
  10. When the game is over, submit your game report on Ref Centre.

Game Reporting - Outdoor Season

If you referee a Clippers Outdoor House League game you must:

  • for U14 and U18 ONLY - collect game sheets before game, ensure coaches have signed them, and ensure you sign as referee
  • after game, in Ref Centre indicate game completed, and enter the score.
  • contact Head Referee if there are Red cards to report
  • Yellow cards are not reported

If you referee a Clippers Outdoor House League game, and you have to "abandon" the game (i.e. for severe weather) you must:

  • for U14 and U18 games ONLY - collect games sheets from coaches, ensure coaches have signed them, and you sign as referee
  • report game in Ref Centre as "Not completed"
  • you will be paid 50% of game fee if game is abandoned before starting, or any time during 1st half.
  • you will be paid 100% of game fee if game is abandoned after starting 2nd half.

If you referee a SOSA League Small Sided game U9, U10, U11 or U12 you must:

  • collect 3 game sheets from each coach, ensure they have signed them, and sign as referee
  • loan a game sheet to opposite coach to allow them to check player books, then collect the game sheets
  • at end of game, compete all 6 paper copies of game sheets, and sign them. Enter score and goal scorers on one copy of game sheets (home and away), keep these to submit to SOSA League. Give each coach a copy of home and away game sheet, do not include score or scorers.
  • send your copy of game sheets to SOSA League (see instructions on game sheet) within 24 hours. Easiest way is to take a legible picture of each game sheet with your phone, and email the pictures to admin@sosaleague.com
  • complete a game report in Ref Centre entering goals, score,  and any cards.

If you referee a SOSA League Small Sided game U9, U10, U11 or U12, and you have to "abandon" the game (i.e. for severe weather) you must:

  • collect the game sheets, ensure they are signed by coaches, and sign as referee
  • report on Ref Centre the game was not completed
  • complete a Special Incident Report on Ref Centre to explain why the game was abandoned
  • send your copy of game sheets to SosaLeague (see instructions on game sheet) within 24 hours. Easiest way is to take a legible picture of each game sheet with your phone, and email the pictures to admin@sosaleague.com

Managing Players, Coaches, Spectators

Here are 3 simple techniques to help you manage players, coaches, and spectators allowing you to concentrate on your primary job of refereeing:

  1. Player that questions your every call. Verbally warn player that if they continue to question your calls, then you will issue a Yellow card for "Dissent". Write down the player number in your book as a reminder to yourself. If the player argues with you while warning them, issue a Yellow card. If the player persists in questioning your calls after play recommences, issue the Yellow card at next stoppage of play.
  2. Abusive or disruptive coach. Wait for a stoppage of play, and ask players to wait for whistle before restarting. Calmly walk to coach who is giving you a hard time. Walking will give you time to collect your thoughts, and time for coach to cool off. When you get to sideline be friendly but firm: "Hi coach, if is a beautiful day for soccer. You are here to coach, I am here to referee. Please let me do my job without interference. This is your first warning. Three strikes and you are gone." Calmly jog away and restart the game with your whistle. If ever you do have to give 3 strikes, the game does not restart until the coach leaves the field.
  3. Abusive or disruptive parent or spectator.  IMPORTANT: as referee you have no authority over parents or spectators.  Parents and spectators often complain about referee calls. If the complaints are minor try to ignore them. There are two circumstances when you do not want to ignore parents/spectators. If their complaints about your refereeing are persistent and/or loud enough to distract you from effectively doing your job, OR, if they say something abusive or threatening to you or a player on the field. Do NOT talk to abusive or disruptive parents/spectators. Try to note which parent/spectator is causing the problem. At next stoppage of play go to technical side of field to call in the coaches. Indicate which parent/spectator to the coaches, explain what the issue is, and ask the coaches to remove the parent/spectator. Tell the coaches that the game will restart AFTER the offending parent/spectator has left the field.

 

Clippers House League Referee pay rates

Age Outdoor Indoors
U10 $20 $25
U12 $25 $25
U14 $40 $25
U18 $45 $25