Becoming a Referee
Ontario Soccer offers two courses to those looking to become a registered referee (a.k.a. match official): Small Sided Game Course and Entry Level Course. Referee courses are usually offered in the spring before the start of the outdoor season.
If you would like to speak with someone about becoming a referee, you should contact the District Referee Coordinator for ECOSA by email at email@example.com.
Find a referee course – Ref Centre Course Management
Small Sided Game Course*
The Small Sided Game Course is for those who would like to become an accredited referee on 7v7 games typically involving U10 and younger players. By taking the course a referee is automatically registered for the current season with Ontario Soccer and does not have to register again until the following year. Course accreditation is valid permanently; you will not have to take the course again to continue refereeing Small Sided Games (7v7), however you will have to register with Ontario Soccer each year.
The Small Sided Game Course is based on the Small Sided Laws of the Game.
*Must be 12 years of age (or older) as of March 31 to enroll in this course.
Entry Level Course**
The Entry Level Course is for those who would like to become an accredited referee on 9v9 and 11v11 games. By taking the clinic a referee is automatically registered for the current season with Ontario Soccer and does not have to register again until the following year.
**Must be 14 years of age (or older) as of March 31 to enroll in this course.
Referees for most games are assigned by the various Club Head Referees or the Peterborough Referee Branch Scheduler. After you become an accredited referee you can contact the Head Referees for the clubs in your area and ask to be included in their list of referees. You can find a list of Club Head Referees or Match Official Assignors on the ECOSA website. Referees for higher level competitive games are assigned through the E2E Ref Centre website.
Match Official Resources – Forms, Manuals and Guidelines
Ref Centre Course Management (find a course)