COVID-19 IMPACTED EVENTS – Referee Program

As announced on March 13th, Canada Soccer has suspended all sanctioned soccer events and activities in Canada until further notice. This page will provide current information on the status of the Referee Program in Alberta and will be updated as the situation develops in future weeks.

March 31st Update

For coaches and players who are interested in what the Laws of the Game changes will be when soccer resumes, this presentation from IFAB has all of the details along with videos. 2019-20 Laws of the Game changes.

For referees, or anyone interested the full Laws of the Game are also available on an App – IFAB 2019-20 Laws App

March 30th Update

Canada Soccer has produced a Home Workout Plan to help referees in their fitness training while we wait for news of the return of soccer. Referees at all levels are encouraged to continue to exercise during the break and there are many useful workouts included for speed, endurance and strength training appropriate to your referee level. Enjoy!

March 27th Update

2019-20 Law Books – as we are not holding in-class refreshers, Law book distribution will be handled as follows. We will be connecting with all districts in the coming weeks to arrange for centralized pick up points once soccer activities are cleared to resume. We will NOT be mailing out individual books as the cost and time required to do so is prohibitive. An electronic copy of the Laws of the game is available at  – – Thank you for your understanding.

March 26th Update

Because of the COVID-19 virus, Alberta Soccer will be offering the Outdoor Refresher course online, focusing on the Law changes for 2020. There will be no in-class Outdoor Refresher for the remainder of 2020. Please click here for full information about the Online Refresher. Please note Mini referees do not complete the Outdoor Questionnaire or Refresher.

March 21st Announcement

Annual Registration
The official Referee registration deadline remains March 31st, however for 2020 there will be no late fees for anyone registering after that date. Any officials who have not yet re-registered for 2020 are encouraged to do so at this time to be eligible for games as soon as the outdoor season begins.

Outdoor Questionnaire
After you have completed your registration, you should still submit your answers to the outdoor questionnaire in your Refcentre account so that you can be eligible for games as soon as the outdoor season begins. Please note Mini referees do not complete the Outdoor Questionnaire or Refresher.

Outdoor Refreshers
For 2020, ALL outdoor refreshers will be conducted online, with no refreshers taking place in-person. This will allow us to have sufficient referee numbers available to cover games as soon as the outdoor season begins. The online refresher is scheduled to be available early in April and details will be sent to all referees by Alberta Soccer and also shared through districts. Please note Mini referees do not complete the Outdoor Questionnaire or Refresher.

Entry Level and Mini Referee Courses
As of March 13th, ALL Entry Level and Mini Referee courses for new referees are postponed until further notice. It will be the Clinic Host’s responsibility to contact all current registrants of the changes to their certification clinic. Alberta Soccer is currently investigating the possibility of hosting these courses online and will provide updates relating to that when available.

Upgrade Program and Clinics
All upgrade candidates who were successful in the Canada Soccer Laws of the Game exam, remain eligible to upgrade in 2020.
Upgrade clinics are tentatively scheduled as follows:
Edmonton Regional Upgrade Clinic – May 30 – June 1
Calgary Regional Upgrade Clinic – June 6 – 7 (adjusted from previous published date)
All female Regional Upgrade Clinic – July 27-28
Provincial upgrade clinic – location to be determined – June 6-7
Clinic dates and locations may be adjusted if the suspension of soccer events is still in effect 3 weeks prior to the scheduled date.

Fitness Tests
Provincial fitness testing was previously planned for the April 24-26 weekend in Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton. These tests are currently postponed until we have a better idea of when group activities can resume. Referees are encouraged to continue their own individual fitness training wherever possible, so that they are prepared for when the fitness testing is scheduled. There are many online resources that you can access to help with ideas etc.

Assessment Program
Currently the assessment program is scheduled to operate as normal when the outdoor season begins. Assessments may need to be prioritized if we have a shortened season.