The following general information is important
for all officials, both the Referee and the Assistant Referees to know prior to
officiating for RSA in 2017/18 and beyond. It is a good idea to have a copy of
this document with you at all your matches along with a current copy of the
Small Sided Game rules and the LOTG provided by the BCSA|
Weekend assignments will normally
be released by Wednesday evening for the upcoming weekend. You must either accept or decline that game within 24 hours
or it will be returned and reassigned to another Referee.
If you have availability issues and need to
block time off, please log in to Scheduler and book off the appropriate time. Do not wait for games to be assigned and
the decline them. If there is a consistent pattern that develops with
declining games when times are not scheduled off, you will be moved lower in
priority for assignments. It is up to you to be responsible and control your
schedule and availability.
All assignments are distributed and
confirmed via Scheduler, and reminders will be sent to all officials the night
before to remind them of their weekend’s matches. Match officials must be in
good standing and currently registered through BC Soccer to receive assignments.
refer to the Referee Schedule instructions for more information on the
All games will be assigned based on referee ability and availability. The
new system will see each Referee assigned with a score that reflects their ability
to do a game at that level and below. For example, if you are given a score of
4, you can do games that are at a level of 4 and below. As an AR, the same
scoring system will apply. These scores are affected by your on field
performances, Mentor feedback, Coach’s feedback forms, and monthly video
Your schedule for any given weekend can be
viewed by logging into Scheduler. The Head Referee will also have a master copy
of all officials’ matches for the weekend.
Game-day and Pre-Match Procedures
All teams should be at the field 30 minutes prior to the Kickoff. As
an official you should report for your match at least 30 minutes prior to kick off to make sure the game starts
on time and you can administer all the administration (Law 1, Law 2, Law4).
Checking of ID cards and players’ equipment (Law 4) should be done at least
15-20 minutes prior to kickoff. It is recommended (but not required) that you warmup prior to the
Match Length and Details by
Games above are out players +
GK’s if indicated with a YES in that column.
All levels (U9 – U18 House,
Gold, Silver, MSL) are unlimited substitutions at the discretion of the Referee
to control as to when they happen.
All Substitutes are to remain
on the sidelines in pinnies that distinguish them from the players on the
field. When a substitution is requested, they need to be ready to go so that
the game can continue as quickly as possible. If a request is made and the team
or player is not ready for the change, then continue on with play and do not
signal for the Substitution.
To replace a player with a
substitute there must be a stoppage in play and the referee must be informed
and give a signal prior to the change taking place. The player only enters the
field of play after the player being replaced has left the field and after
receiving a signal by the referee. The substituted player may leave the field
from any boundary line. Players should exchange pinnies to make it easier to
recognize the change.
Cancellation of Match
In the case that matches need
to be cancelled, match officials will have no match fees owing to them if they
receive email or telephone notification of field closures by 8am the day of
their scheduled match. If a match official receives no prior notification of a
match cancellation, and upon arrival at the field declares or realizes the
match is not playable for any reason, they will receive 50% of their match
Payment of Match Officials
Any club assigned games will
be paid via cheque once a month after the month has ended.
2 x 25 min
2 x 25 min
2 x 35 min
2 x 40 min
2 x 45 min
Player ID Cards
Small Sided Games: All players and
coaches must present their Player /Staff ID card to the referee prior to the
match. Small sided players will not have cards, but as of April 2014, all
coaches and technical staff that want to remain on the field will need cards.
If a coach does not have a card, they cannot be present on the sidelines as per
BCSA rules and regulations governing the sport of Soccer in BC.
Full Sized Games: If the player does not
on have a card, that individual will not be eligible for the match. A player is
not considered registered with the league until the player receives his/her
player card or a letter of authorization from the BCSA appropriate league. If a
coach does not have a card, he cannot remain in the technical area once the
game starts. Teams not showing ID cards prior to kick off when requested by
match officials to do so must be reported first to the other team as an FYI,
then to the appropriate discipline committee as well as the Head Referee at firstname.lastname@example.org
once the match has been played. The match will still be played and officiated
with the knowledge that this will be reported to the league afterwards.
There may be no more than 5
Team officials on the bench, whom are:
Trainer or authorized Club
official (eg. Club Technical Director).
Nobody else is permitted on or
in the Bench area. This includes dugouts designed for the players regardless of
If you were the Referee in a
scheduled match in which you issued any misconducts (Yellow card/Caution, Red
Card/Sendoff or an ejection for Irresponsible Behavior), you MUST log that
discipline within 24 hours after the match on the BC Soccer discipline system.
If you issued a red card or ejection, you need to know if you keep the ID card
and mail it in or if they stay with the team and you simply report the
Match Attire and Equipment
All officials should have the
approved BCSA soccer referee kit set out in the rules and regulations governing
Referees in BC. Black is the color of choice for Uniform Jerseys. If a conflict
arises, the second choice is Yellow, followed by Red and then Blue. Appropriate
black shorts and black socks are to be worn in conjunction with the Jersey.
Footwear is to be black with
minimal white markings or soles.
Tracksuit pants, jackets, or
running shoes are not acceptable to wear during matches over top of your
uniform. If it is cold, and you receive permission from the Head Referee via an
email with details for cold weather gear, then you may follow that directive.
IF a toque is acceptable, then it must be black and no other color. Leggings
may be permitted but must be black in color and must be worn under the shorts
and socks so that it is only visible from the thigh to below the knees.
Referees should have 2
whistles with different pitches and tones to avoid confusion when fields are
side by side.
Referees should have a 2 pen’s
or pencil’s, a book/wallet with at least one Red and one Yellow card and a
notebook or proper match sheets to record information. Details are only taken
in the U13 and up age groups, but Referee’s should get used to carrying it all.
Having everything in your kit bag tends to eliminate “Murphy’s Law”.
In the event that a match
can’t continue through to full regulation time due to darkness, insufficient
lighting, field deterioration etc. then you need to abandon the match. Referee
fees will be paid full for this game. The Referee has the final decision on
suspending matches due to weather or field conditions and it is a non-
negotiable decision. Remember Law 5 and player safety regardless of what the
players and or coaches want to do.
Please know the CSA Policy on
lightning and severe weather (30/30 rule)
Should any team fail to appear
for a scheduled league match or not be able to fulfill a scheduled fixture you
will still be paid in full if this happens at the field and or notice is not
given by 8am on the match day.
The CSA Cast Policy will
apply. Prior to the match, any player wearing a cast or who intends to wear a
brace or medical support is to be presented for inspection. The Match Official
will assess the player’s eligibility to play in accordance with the Laws of the
Game (Law 4) and the CSA policies on such things.
Please know the CSA Policy on
Casts and Braces