Stop the Cycle – Change the Culture

Without the referee there would be no game. Yet we are inclined to take them for granted, ignore them when they do a good job but let them know every time we think they make a mistake, and neglect to thank them when the game is over. Not any more.

Kindness and respect are essential to keeping soccer safe. Ontario Soccer, ECOSA and PCSA encourage participants and spectators to be more appreciative of the “third team”. To that end, Ontario Soccer will pursue a Zero Tolerance policy in relation to Match Official Abuse. We are asking for your support in creating the most positive experience on the field for the players, coaches and match officials in 2023. After the game, if you get a chance, say “Thank you ref. Great game!”, and mean it. It will make their day.

If you are interested in becoming a soccer referee please visit our Referees page.

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