Vancouver Youth Soccer Association is always on the lookout for new game officials.
Officiating soccer can be a very rewarding experience (yes, even on a cold, wet Vancouver winter day). Contact the VYSA Referee-in-Chief, Marc Bowley.
All youth referees are certified through attendance at a referee clinic. There are a number of levels in youth soccer:
- Small Sided Level
- Entry Level
- District Level
Vancouver Youth Soccer Association is responsible for providing referees for the following 4 District boys' and BCCGSL girls' home games:
- all league games (U13-U18)
- all league cup games (U13-U18), excluding the finals
- all Coastal, BCSA & Provincial Cup playdown games, excluding the finals
Vancouver Youth Soccer Association is responsible for providing assistant referees for:
- all Vancouver FC boys' and girls' games
- all Coastal Cup playdown games, excluding the finals
Vancouver Youth Soccer Association is not responsible for:
- assistant referees at divisional levels (U16-U18) of league and league cup games, excluding finals
- mini-soccer referees at any level
- 8-aside league referees
BC SOCCER ASSOCIATION
The governing body of soccer for British Columbia is the BC Soccer Association. There is a complete section for referees and includes links to Referee Development, Clinics, FIFA Referee links and more.
REFEREE PERFORMANCE REPORT
From time to time coaches feel they have cause to complain about a referee's performance. To streamline this we have produced a form, the Referee Performance Report, that will give all the required information about a game, enabling the complaint to be dealt with in a speedy manner. These performance reports are only for team officials. They are not for spectators or parents. However, referees are encouraged to fill out these reports for games or issues they wish to draw to the attention of the referee-in-chief.
REFEREE REMINDERS FOR SUCCESS
- All referees must be registered with the BC Soccer Association. If you have registered, you must complete a refresher course as well.If you have not done either, you must do both! You need to do this every year. You also need to register with VYSA in order to use the VYSA Game Reporting System.
- All referees 19 years and older must comply with the Criminal Record Check procedure every 36 months. (see link)
- All referees receiving complaints against them will be assessed at the discretion of the Referee-in-Chief. It's time for everybody to be at their best.
- All referees must be prepared to officiate all youth levels. You cannot simply pick and choose the game that suits you the best.
- Referees chosen to officiate cup play, will be made up solely of those in good standing. If you do not fulfill the requiements and are constantly tardy in your responsibilities, you may be removed from the selection list.
- Photo ID cards: As of October 1st, all 4 District (Boys) U11-U18 teams and BCCGSL (Girls) U13-U18 must have a complete set of ID cards for all players and officials. As of October 1st, players and team officials without validated BCSA photo ID cards will be ineligible to play, coach, or manage. An exception will be made only if the person not able to present their BCSA photo ID has a letter of permission from their District's Registrar or Discipline Chair. If a team official chooses to coach or play a player who is unable to produce that person's photo ID, the referee will inform the opposition of that fact and indicate that information in his/her game report. The referee can no longer disallow that person to play or coach but that team official will assume the discipline ramifications of the decision to play/coach without validated photo ID.
- Don't forget to obtain two copies of team lists and sign them before exchanging with the team officials.
- Be sure you know the duration of games for various ages, and the appropriate size of ball for the game.
- Referees should tell players of all ages and levels that the wearing of jewelry on the field of play is not acceptable, taping is not an option. All jewelry must be removed (this applies to referees as well). The only time that there is an exception is for MedicAlert and religious bracelets. In these cases both must be totally covered by tape so as not to cause injury to the player or anyone else (2.5 cm either side).
BOYS HANDSHAKE PROCEDURE
FIFA’s Fair Play Handshake policy directs teams to have a pre-game handshake as well as post-game handshake. The 4-District Soccer League Board suggests that the end-of-match handshake should only be done if both teams are still respectful of each other.
CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK
You must complete a Criminal Record Check every 36 months by an agency approved by BCSA (see CRC tab). You must also register with BCSA and take a refresher course. As per BCSA Rule 18: No person shall officiate as a referee in any competition under the sanction of the Association who is not on the official list, except in unforeseen circumstances.