Referee Information

Referee Information

Along with learning to play the game of soccer, another area to explore is refereeing the game, and we encourage many of our players to become certified. Referee training, coordination and certification is coordinated by COYSA. Details regarding all aspects of being a COYSA referee can be found in the "referee" section of the Central Okanagan Youth Soccer website at

How do I become a referee?

In order to become a referee, you have to attend a clinic.

Small Sided CLINIC (New Referees):

The Small Sided Referee Clinic is the basics of refereeing and is offered to individuals who are at least 12 years of age (any participant must be 12 years old on or before the start of the course). Once an individual is successful in passing this clinic, they are classified as a Small Sided Referee and may officiate in any match with players between U-7 and U-12. Instructions on how to register for a course can be found <HERE>

Small-Sided REVIEW (only for Small Sided Refs from 2019):

The Small Sided REVIEW is for referees who have completed the Small Sided Clinic in previous years. Registration will only be accepted in advance, in writing, with $20 payment attached (cheque or money order only payable to COYSA). Instructions and registration form for you to download can be found <HERE>

NOTE: You DO NOT register on the BC Soccer website for the Small Sided REVIEW.

If you are registering for an Entry Level/District course, you do NOT need to take this REVIEW.

Small-Sided REVIEW 2020 dates are:

A:  Thursday, April 02  6:00pm-8:30pm

B:  Monday, April 06  6:00pm-8:30pm

C:  Tuesday, April 14  6:00pm-8:30pm

D:  Wednesday, April 22  6:00pm-8:30pm

All will be held in the COYSA office:  #2-1925 Kirschner Road.

Entry Level Referee Clinics

The Entry Level Referee Clinic is the entry point into 11 a-side soccer. Once an individual is successful in passing this clinic they will be classified as a Youth Referee (if they are 14 or 15 years old), or a District Referee (if they are 16 years old or older). The goal of this three day clinic is to ensure that individuals are capable to be either a referee or an assistant referee in 11 a-side soccer. Individuals that complete 10 games for COYSA will have a portion of their registration fee reimbursed at the end of the season. These referees must attend an annual 3 hour refresher which includes a fitness test element. Instructions on how to register for a course can be found <HERE>

The Referee-in-Chief for COYSA is Al Ryder.  He would be the person to contact with any general questions or issues involving rules or other referee-related items. He is also the scheduler for all Divisional (U14-U18) games - he can be contacted at

COYSA is moving towards a centralized scheduling and mentorship program for all certified referees.  Contact information will be provided once the system has been implemented.