Ottawa Internationals Soccer Club-OISC
Anyone who is fourteen years old as of 31st March,2012 and is interested in becoming a referee may arrange to attend an entry level referee clinic. These clinics are put on throughout the year, although most are held in the spring. They are normally organized by the larger soccer clubs in each local soccer district. Sometimes a district will put on a clinic on its own. The clinics available are listed on the Ontario Soccer Association website:
If the Ottawa Internationals are offering a clinic at a convenient time, get in touch with the person on the OSA website designated as the clinic contact. You will be asked to send in full name, address, phone number, email, date of birth, and a cheque for $55 if you are a club member and $95 if you are not a club member. This fee covers the cost of registration and expenses for the clinic. Each clinic is limited to 20 candidates with 5 extra spots reserved for club members. With the Ottawa Internationals, registration is on a first-paid, first-registered basis.
If we do not have space in our in-house clinics, a candidate may arrange to attend a clinic through any other club or district.Each clinic consists of 16 hours of class and field time with one or two instructors assigned by the OSA. There is usually a representative of the club or district in attendance who will help the instructor(s) and referee candidates, particularly with details concerning how officiating for that club works. With the Ottawa Internationals, the Head Referee/Club Representative attends each clinic.
Upon passing an exam at the end of the clinic, each graduate will have become a Class 4 referee and receive a CSA badge. Each new referee will need a uniform and equipment. Once properly equipped, the referee will be able to contact the Ottawa Internationals, other clubs, and other leagues to obtain assignments to games.
In subsequent years, each referee may be eligible to upgrade to a higher classification through the development process.
Classification and Development for Referees
There is a pyramid of play for soccer players, with large numbers of players at the recreational level and many fewer players at the professional level. There is a parallel pyramid of referees. At the base of the pyramid of refereeing is a large number of Class 4 referees who are qualified to officiate in recreational games. After sufficient experience in recreational games, Class 4 referees may be asked to take assignments as assistant referees in competitive games involving youth players. Any Class 4 referee who is sixteen (16) years old, has one year of experience, and has obtained the recommendation of a club Head Referee or District Referee coordinator may arrange to attend an upgrading clinic to upgrade to Class 3. These Class 3 clinics are put on periodically by the district, often once in the spring and once in the fall. They involve several classroom preparatory sessions, a multiple-choice exam, and five hours of instruction.
In the first year, new Class 3 referees may be asked to take
assignments in youth recreational and competitive games, plus assignments as
assistant referees in adult games. In subsequent years, they may be asked to
take assignments in adult games up to, but not including, certain senior
divisions selected by the District Referee coordinator. In the Eastern Ontario
District this means up to Women's Premier and Men's Division Two.Any Class 3
referee who has obtained the recommendation of a club Head Referee or District
Referee coordinator may arrange to attend an upgrading clinic to proceed to
Class 2. Class 2 clinics are put on periodically by the district, often once in
the spring and once in the fall. They involve several classroom training
sessions and a short-essay exam. After passing the exam, each candidate must
pass a fitness test (run in the spring) and pass three (3) on-field assessments
within two (2) years. In each subsequent year, a Class 2 referee must pass the
fitness test and one assessment. In the first year, new Class 2 referees may be
asked to take assignments in any youth and adult games except professional
games. In subsequent years, they may be asked to take assignments as assistant
referees in professional games.
Any Class 2 referee who has two years of above average performance may arrange to attend an upgrading clinic to proceed to Class 1. Class 1 clinics are put on periodically by the Ontario Soccer Association, usually once a year. They involve several classroom training sessions and an essay exam. After passing the exam, each candidate must pass a more difficult fitness test (run in the spring) and pass four (4) on-field assessments within two (2) years. In each subsequent year, a Class 1 referee must pass the fitness test and one or more assessments. Class 1 referees may be asked to take assignments in any youth and adult games, including professional games and inter-provincial games. Above average Class 1 referees are eligible to be nominated as National Referees following fitness testing and assessment. A person selected as a National Referee may be appointed to the FIFA International List of Referees or the FIFA International List of Assistant Referees.
Persons who wish to train to become referees should contact the coordinator for a Class 4 clinic that appears on the OSA website www.soccer.on.ca and is offered at a convenient time and place. Alternatively, the Club Head Referee may be contacted for information. With the Ottawa Internationals, it is currently the club Head Referee who coordinates clinics in any case.
Registration as a new Class 4 referee, including the annual fee, is part of the clinic administration. For returning Class 4 referees, the OSA sends out a registration form in late fall. The form, along with the annual registration fee should be returned quickly, before the end of the calendar year; otherwise a late fee will be applied by the OSA. For returning referees who are Class 3 and above, the same procedure applies for registration with the OSA. The applicable fees are higher.
Registration and fee payment should always be made for the classification level at which the referee is fully qualified. A Class 4 referee who intends to sit the upgrading exam for Class 3 should apply as a Class 4. A Class 3 referee who has an exam, fitness test, and/or assessments to pass for Class 2 should register as a Class 3. A fee will apply at the time each exam is written and the registration fee will increase when registration at the next higher level is appropriate based on full completion of the requirements. The OSA has also implemented an online registration system for returning referees, which is used to speed up the process of registrations. With the Ottawa Internationals, the club Head Referee sends out a request in late fall or early winter for returning. By returning this form, the club will be informed of the referee's planned return and will be able to plan for recruitment in the following year.
Fees are payable to the OSA for registration and clinics. Select fees are as shown below:
Youth Referee (14 & 15yrs) $25 - if you turn 16 on or before March 31st of the current registration year, you will pay the District Referee fee of $40, as that is the class you will be in for that season.
District Referee (16 & 17yrs) $40 - if you turn 18 on or before March 31st of the current registration year, you will pay the District Referee fee of $80, as that is the class you will be in for that season.
District Referee (18 yrs+) $80
Regional Referee $130
Provincial Referee $130
National or FIFA Referee $180 (includes $100 fee to CSA)
The Ottawa Internationals, at the discretion of the club Head Referee and/or the club Executive, may reimburse candidates who pass clinics for all or a substantial portion of their fees.
Uniform and Equipment
Referees are expected to wear a prescribed uniform at all times once they are on the way to, at, or returning from game assignments:
Each referee should always carry the flags that are required when acting in the capacity of assistant referee. When assigned as an assistant referee, each official should bring all equipment necessary to take the game as the referee. If the referee does not make it to the field, or cannot continue in the game, the more senior assistant referee may need to step in to the middle and take charge. Each assistant referee should be carrying his or her referee wallet, whistle, and watch during the game so as to be able to assist the referee with the record of the game according to the referee's instructions, or to take over the game if necessary. Where change rooms are available at the field, referees in the higher classifications may wear prescribed street clothes.
Experienced referees carry a bag that contains:
Often, the papers are carried in something waterproof or water-resistant, such as a Tupperware container. If hard, such a container can also facilitate completion of the game sheets. The club Head Referee normally has most of the standard equipment, excluding shoes and personal items, available for purchase at nonprofit prices comparable to sale prices in sporting goods stores.
Each referee is expected to request some assignments over the course of the outdoor season. To be eligible for upgrading, taking more assignments is beneficial. It is expected that all assignments to games will be honored. The home team coach, club Head Referee, or another club Executive member should be notified in the event that a referee cannot attend a game. Cancellations should be made a minimum of 48 hours before kickoff time. Cancellations should be for appropriate reasons, such as illness or unexpected family crises, not for convenience.
Referees are expected to arrive at least as long before kickoff time for an assigned match as is prescribed by the rules for that match. In the case of recreational games assigned by the Ottawa Internationals, referees must be at the field twenty (20) minutes before kickoff. Referees are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly and respectful manner. Any code of conduct applicable at a match to which a referee has been assigned is to be rigorously followed. This includes the code of conduct of the Ontario Soccer Association. Referees are required to maintain their knowledge of the game through study, practice, and attendance at training sessions.
Each referee in Ontario works for the Ontario Soccer Association. The referee may take assignments from any league sanctioned by the OSA, provided the proposed game assignment is at a level for which the referee is qualified. Under exceptional circumstances, a referee who does not have the level of qualification required for the assignment may take the assignment. The referee should be certain that he or she is prepared for the level of competition proposed. If in doubt, the referee should check with the club Head Referee and/or District Referee coordinator.
With the Ottawa Internationals, assignments are obtained by contacting email@example.com. At the spring refresher session and events throughout the summer, sign-up sheets are available for upcoming regular season, tournament, and festival games.
There is a pyramid of pay for referees. The fees paid for officiating games with very young recreational and developmental players on a small field of play are lower than for 11-a-side competitive games. The more competitive the games are expected to be, the higher the classification required for the referee and assistant referees. Different leagues and clubs may offer slightly different rates of pay for particular levels of games. Rates of pay may also be subject to change. Pay for games in tournaments, which are usually shorter than regular season games, is usually pro-rated to reflect the duration of the match.
Training and Assessments
A refresher session is put on each spring by the club Head Referee. This session includes distribution of news, updates on changes to the Laws of the Game and their application, and tests on knowledge of the game and its laws.
Periodically, the EODSA holds refresher sessions. These sessions are usually but on by the most experienced instructors and assessors in the district. They cover basics, but also serve as an opportunity to discuss even the most intricate scenarios for application of the Laws of the Game.
Assessments for referees in Class 3 and above are administered by the EODSA, the OSA, or the CSA. The Ottawa Internationals runs an assessment program involving visits to select games to observe referees who may soon be eligible to upgrade to Class 3. These assessments will also involve observation of the coaches, players, and spectators.
Club Head Referee: firstname.lastname@example.org
District Referee Co-ordinator, Eastern Ontario Disctrict Soccer Association email@example.com