Referee Outdoor Soccer Rules and Information

Table of Contents

 

1. REFEREE REGISTRATION 2017 - for new referees 

2. REFEREE APPLICATION FORM 

3. REFEREE REGISTRATION 2017 - for returning Youth/District Referees 

4. REFEREE RESPONSIBILITIES 

5. REFEREE UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT 

6. REFEREE GAME FEES 

7. FIFA LAWS OF THE GAME 

8. CUSC OUTDOOR RULES

 

1. REFEREE REGISTRATION 2017 - for new referees 

We are always looking for referees and your interest is welcome.  All potential referees, over the age of 12 on or before March 31st of this year, should complete the attached referee Application form and submit to headreferee@cumberlandsoccer.com.  The Head Referee will be in touch with you regarding an interview during the months of February and March.  We are generally looking to train 25-35 new referees each year.

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST APPLY ON YOUR OWN BEHALF. APPLICATIONS FROM PARENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Please contact the Head Referee for any questions you may have.

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2. REFEREE APPLICATION FORM

NOTE: This is a fillable PDF which means you can complete it, save the file (whatever you like) and email to the CUSC Head Referee.  If for some reason it will not save, then please print the document and drop it off at the CUSC Office.

Background and Course Information:

With the Canadian Soccer Association raising the minimum age of Entry Level Referees to 14 years of age, effective in 2009, a gap was created for the hundreds of 12 and 13 year old Ontario Soccer (OS) referees. For this reason, the OS Referee Department developed in 2009 a Mini Soccer Referee Course for 12 and 13 year olds.

The same formula will be used for 2017 and for those who want to be SMALL SIDED GAMES Referees. You will be required to take this one day course. (You must turn 12 by March 31, 2017 to be eligible to take this course which normally takes 1 day to complete.) The date for the Small Sided Game is not yet determined.

Returning SMALL SIDED GAMES Referees (those who were referees last year and will not be 14 years of age by March 31, 2017) are not required to take the one day course again.

These referees, are, however, required to notify the head referee of their intention to return as a small sided game referee and must also pay the annual registration fee to Ontario Soccer.

If you do not notify the head referee by January 31st of your intent to return, it will be assumed that you are not returning. New referee appointments are determined with returning referees confirmed, so it's important to have an accurate count.

If you were a SMALL SIDED GAMES referee last season, and will turn 14 years of age on or before March 31st of this year, you will be required to take the CSA ENTRY LEVEL two day course to continue refereeing this season. Courses are designed by the Canadian Soccer Association with the aim of providing a more uniform approach in teaching the Laws of the Game, leading to a greater degree of uniformity in the understanding and application of the Laws. Participants are required to pre-register for the course and complete a pre-course workbook, in-class workbook, and pass (80% and higher) an examination at the conclusion of the course. Those who pass the written examination will be certified as CSA District Referees (if over the age of 16) or Youth Referees (if under the age of 16). You must turn 14 by March 31 of this year, to take this course which takes 2 days to complete. The dates for the Entry Level course are not yet determined.

Please note: all course dates are tentative until approved by the Ontario Soccer Association.  You must attend the course IN ITS ENTIRETY. If you are unable to attend the entire course, please do not apply. No exceptions will be made. 

We are always looking for MATURE Adults to become Referees, so please apply if you are interested.  

If you would like to referee this season then please email a completed  application to the CUSC Head Referee at headreferee@cumberlandsoccer.com.

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3. REFEREE REGISTRATION 2017 - for returning Youth/District Referees (previously passed the Entry Level Referee Clinic):

Please visit the following OS link for updated changes for this Season. 

As per previous years, the renewal for your OSA license will be available on Ref Centre via your personal account in February. The instructions and Q&A's are posted on the OSA website.

License renewal fees for this season are as follows:

Referee Level Annual Registration Fee
National $90
Provincial $90
Regional $90
District 18 years and over $90
District Youth Referee 16-17 yrs (as of March 1, 2015) $47
Youth Referee 14-15 yrs $32
Small Side Games 12-13 yrs Included in Course Fee

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4. REFEREE RESPONSIBILITIES:

Referee Job Descriptions and Responsibilities

Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the match to which she/he has been appointed.

  • Conduct yourself in a professional manner, including showing up 30 minutes in advance of the game in full uniform (shirt tucked in, no hat or sunglasses, and all necessary equipment to officiate the game); 

  • Ensure that the playing field is safe for play and does not have any dangerous materials on it (i.e. large rocks, pieces of glass);

  • Satisfy all the requirements of the Cumberland United Soccer Club, including the completion and submission of all administrative or disciplinary forms to CUSC and to the OCSL if required; 

  • Ensure that you officiate all assigned matches or make arrangements to have another equally qualified referee to officiate;

  • Make sure that corner flags/pylons are placed properly (for 5v5 games, ensure that the goal crease is properly marked);

  • Ensure that all players are wearing shin-guards and do not have any jewellery that could be dangerous;

  • Introduce yourself to the Coaches; for house league games, get each team to supply a linesman;

  • Do the coin toss with the captains. Winner chooses the end to defend and the loser kicks off;

  • Start the game on time and add on injury time if required;

  • Have the coaches sign the game sheet at the end of the game;

  • Complete and submit any disciplinary reports to the Head Referee within 48 hours or the EODSA/OCSL for Competitive games.

  • Submit game sheets with schedule to Referee Assignor at the end of the month.

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5. REFEREE UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT:

All referees are expected to dress in conformity to OS requirements. Currently, OS requires referees to have the following uniform:

  • Shirt: Black shirt with white collar and white trim on the sleeves*;

  • Shorts: Black shorts with no white trim. Shorts should be not be baggy or otherwise below the knee;

  • Socks: Black with three white stripes at the top;

  • Shoes: Black in colour with no flashy trim and in good condition.

In addition, referees are not permitted to wear hats, sunglasses (unless prescription), or bandanas.

  • Referees equipment should be kept in a kit or a sport bag and should include the following items:

    • Whistles (preferably a Fox 40 or other pea-less whistle);

    • Watch with a stop-time function (have a second cheap one in case the first malfunctions);

    • Pencil and a pen (pencil for passport, pen for the game sheet);

    • Red and Yellow card;

    • Small game pad to keep track of developments on the field;

    • Alternate jersey is yellow and then blue (in case one team wears a predominantly black jersey);

    • Assistant Referee flags.

Shirts of different colours may be worn provided that the colour is different than either team and/or the goaltender. New referees should have a black shirt at a minimum.

Note: The ERSL mandates all Referees assigned to their games have a Black Shirt and a Yellow Shirt. All Officials should be dressed in matching shirts, and therefore it is important to take both shirts to the field at all times.

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6. REFEREE GAME FEES:

Summer Season










 
Winter Season
Age Group Referee A/R Age Group Referee A/R
U8 $15 N/A U5-U12 Futsal $20 N/A
U9 $18 N/A U13-U17 Futsal $25 N/A
U10 $20 N/A Adult Futsal $30 N/A
U11 $20 N/A Adult Dome $30 N/A
U12-U13 $30 $17      
U14-U15 $33 $19      
U16-U18 $40 $20      
Adult $45 $25      
Adult Co-Ed $30 N/A      
U18 7v7 $30 N/A      

 

Please NOTE:

If you received game assignments via "LeagueGM Referee Assignment System" you will be paid by the CUSC.

All assignments via "REF CENTER", for centre referees jobs will be paid for by the ERSL.
If you have any questions regarding pay or assignments for ERSL games "REF CENTER", you must contact them directly as CUSC has nothing to do with their payments.

Remember questions/concerns should be forwarded by cell or email to the CUSC Head Referee.

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7. LAWS OF THE GAME & REFEREE RULE SUMMARIES:

The laws of the game are provided by FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association). They are described in the booklet Laws of the Game which will be handed out to all new Ontario Soccer Entry Level course attendants, or mailed to all existing District Referees who register on time.

These laws are the rules of all matches unless otherwise stated.

For a pdf version of these laws please click here: 

FIFA - Laws of the game (2016-2017)

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8. CUSC Outdoor Soccer rules:

For detailed rules on all CUSC soccer programs, please visit the CUSC outdoor rules page

Important Documents and Links:

  1. Referee Instructions (PowerUp Sports)
  2. Laws of the Small Sided Game
  3. East Region Soccer League – Rules Summary (2017)
  4. FIFA - Laws of the game (2016-2017)

 

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