Attn: All Women 16+

Considering becoming a referee? Gain your certification in a supportive, all-female environment!

Alberta Soccer is offering referee certification and development as part of our Women in Soccer Conference, from May 5-7 in Red Deer. For little more than the cost of a typical Entry Level Certification Course, registrants of the conference also receive:

  • Meals and accommodation for the weekend
  • A FULL referee kit (jersey, shorts, socks, whistle, flags, etc.)
  • Additional developmental sessions (Look Sharp, Be Sharp; Game Management)
  • Access to other leadership sessions, featuring incredible women in leadership from across Canada

To learn more or to register, click here!

How Do I Become A Referee?

Congratulations! You have just taken the first step to becoming a referee!

Refereeing soccer can be any or all of the following:

  • A part time job with excellent money making opportunities.
  • A rewarding way of putting back into the game.
  • A way to keep yourself in shape.
  • An opportunity to learn important life skills such as
    – organization, time management, people skills.
  • Potential to advance as a referee to National levels or beyond.
  • A way to be directly involved in some great soccer!

There are two ways you can qualify to be a referee in Alberta:

  • ‘Mini Referee’ – to referee U10 or younger soccer. Anyone 12 years of age, or older (on or before May 15th) can sign up to take a
    ‘Mini Referee’ course.
  • ‘Entry Level Referee’ – to referee U12 or older soccer. Anyone 14 years of age, or older (on or before May 15th) can sign up to take an
    ‘Entry Level Referee’ course.

Click on the tabs below for more details about each course.

Mini Referee Courses

A one-day introductory course for people 12 years and older (on or before May 15th), who would like to referee U10 and younger only.

The course covers:

  • Referee duties and responsibilities
  • The Rules of Mini Soccer.
  • Onfield practical training

Students are supplied with – 7 v 7 Rules of Mini Soccer, referee badge and whistle.

Note – if you couldn’t find any courses and would like to be placed on a notification list for the next courses, please click here

Mini Courses run in the spring, in preparation for the outdoor season, but occasionally are run at other times of the year.

Entry Level Courses

A two day introductory course for people 14 years or older (on or before May 15th), who would like to referee U12 8v8, U14 and older 11v11, or act as an assistant referee (linesman) at any level.

The course covers:

  • Referee and Assistant Referee duties and responsibilities
  • The FIFA Laws of the Game (11v11 soccer)
  • U12 8v8 Rules of the Game
  • Onfield practical training

Students are supplied with –

  • FIFA Law Book
  • U12 8v8 Rule Book
  • Referee badge and whistle
  • Yellow and red cards, referee wallet

Note – some districts or clubs supply additional items, such as referee uniforms, assistant flags etc.

After successfully completing the course, referees are classified as follows:

14 and 15 years old = Youth Referee

16 years and older = District Referee

Search for an Entry Level Course

Note – if you couldn’t find any courses and would like to be placed on a notification list for the next courses, please click here

Entry Level courses usually run in the spring, in preparation for the outdoor season, but occasionally are run at other times of the year.

Steps to Sign Up for an Introductory Referee Course

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Step 1 – Search for a course

-Go to – www.refcentre.com/alberta
-Enter a range of dates to search – Spring Courses start in March and continue to early May.
-Fall courses are offered based on demand, between September and November.
-Click the ‘Search’ button

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Step 2 – Select an appropriate course

-Look for a ‘Mini’ or ‘Entry Level’ course that works for you.
-If a course is ‘Full’, spaces may open up if a student cancels, so check back later.
-If the course is ‘pending’, it will become available for registering once it has been approved by the district and the province – please check back in a couple of days.
-Click the ‘Register’ link.

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Step 3 – Complete the profile information

-Check the course details, to ensure that you have selected the course you wanted.
-Enter ALL information for the student who will be taking the course.
-Create a password for Refcentre – note, the user name will be your email address and the password must be unique for Refcentre. If you already have an account using the same email address (Mini account, another referee in the family etc.), you MUST use a different password at this time.
-Keep a note of passwords for future reference, but they can also be retrieved by using the ‘Forgot Password’ link next to the Log In boxes.
-Use a ‘home’ email address if possible, as your business email address may change at some point, and we will not be able to contact you if this happens.

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Step 4 – Approval for Course and Pre-course Work

-Your application for the course will be approved by the host of the course once they have confirmed your status – payment etc. You will receive an email to the address that was used to register.
-For a Mini course, there is no pre-course work, so once approved – you are ready to attend the course.
-For an Entry Level course – there is some pre-course study to complete. See Step 5 for how to access this.
-If you have any questions about your course, please contact the course host, who is listed on your main course page. See Step 5 for how to access this.

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Step 5 – Logging back In for pre-course work, confirming course status etc.

-Once you are accepted into a course, you can log in at – www.refcentre.com/alberta – to complete any pre-course work etc.
-Enter the email and password combination that you had previously chosen – into the log in box as shown. There is a ‘forgot password’ link there if you need it.
-Once you have been graduated after the course, you will receive an email from Refcentre asking you to log in and complete a couple of final steps in the graduation process.