Frequently Asked Referee Questions

• Referee registration is a requirement of the Canadian Soccer Association
• Registration provides referees with insurance – Commercial General Liability, Sport Accident and Excess Travel Insurance protection.
• Registration allows Alberta Soccer to have your most up to date contact information.
• The opportunity to officiate in affiliated soccer. Note – assignors will only use registered officials.
• The opportunity to represent their club, district and region at provincial levels;
• An annual refresher course.
• The opportunity to be identified for upgrading,
• Ability to display the Canadian Soccer Association badge (issued upon successful completion of Entry Level Clinic).
• FIFA “Laws of the Game” provided free each year
• More opportunities to receive mentoring and district assessments.
• Insurance coverage.
• All referees must re-register annually (due by March 31st) – note, the registration process opens on the first business day of February each year. Registrations entered after March 31st will be subject to a late fee.
• Log in to your referee account at –
• Follow the steps to register.
• Pay your registration fees to Alberta Soccer by one of the methods offered.
• Note – Mini referees do not have to pay, but must still complete the ‘registration’ step.
• Complete the online refresher questionnaire. (not required for Mini referees)
• Sign up for and attend a refresher course. (not required for Mini referees)
• Refresher courses help with the transition between indoor and outdoor seasons.
• Updated copies of Laws of the Game and Rules of Indoor Soccer are distributed at refresher courses.
• Law and Rule changes will be reviewed.
• Referees are guided with regard to common concerns in the soccer community
• Referees get a chance to meet other referees and learn from each other.
If you have not registered as a referee for two full seasons, you will need to take an Entry Level course to return. The only exception to this is for referees with more than 5 years’ experience, who have been away for 5 years or less, who may challenge the current Entry Level exam with approval from the Referee Development Committee. 
Alberta Soccer offers the following courses:
• Mini Referee – 1 day course for new referees, 12 years and older, who wish to referee 7v7 Mini Soccer, U10 or younger.
• Entry Level – 2 day course for new referees, 14 years and older, who wish to referee 11v11 soccer or 8v8 U12.
This course also qualifies you to be an assistant referee (linesman).
• Indoor Conversion – 1 day course for existing referees, 14 years or older, who wish to referee indoor boarded (arena) soccer.
• Futsal Conversion – 1 day course for existing referees, 14 years or older, who wish to referee Futsal soccer.
The majority of Entry Level and Mini courses are scheduled in the spring (March & April), in preparation for the outdoor season. There are occasional courses scheduled in the fall in Calgary or Edmonton. Conversion courses for indoor soccer are scheduled in the fall (September & October), and are available to referees who have previously taken an Entry Level course For full information on courses, please visit –
It is not necessary to have taken the Mini referee course before taking the Entry Level course.
• To register for an Entry Level referee course, a student needs to be 14 years or older, on or before May 15th of the current year.
• To register for an Mini referee course, a student needs to be 12 years or older, on or before May 15th of the current year.
• District and club administrators are given a special Refcentre account to book courses. This can be arranged by contacting
• Information about course hosting requirements can be found at –
• Ongoing referee education for existing referees can be accessed in your Refcentre account, under the ‘Registration’ menu.
• Local districts and clubs may also offer additional referee training, to address referee needs in the area. Please contact your local soccer assignor for details.
• Most games are assigned by local league assignors, and are assigned by various methods – online assigning, email or phone call.
• If you are not sure who to contact, the person who was your contact for the referee course is a good starting point.
• Note that referee assignors will probably not know who you are as a new referee. You are advised to contact them and introduce yourself, to get games.
• A yearly list of assignors is published by Alberta Soccer, although this list may not contain the names of all assignors in the province. It is available at –
• Referee rates vary from area to area, and are also based on the age group and level of games being played. Depending on this, referees get paid anywhere from $18 to $60 per hour. Your local referee assignor would be able to provide an exact answer.
• Provincial games are paid within 4 – 6 weeks from the date of the competition. Games will be paid by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) from Alberta Soccer, and you will be paid on the closest Friday to the date of payment processing. Alberta Soccer no longer pays referees by cheque. To sign up for EFT, please download the Form and follow the instructions.
• Your Entry Level course will train you to be a referee and an assistant referee. If you only wish to be assigned as an assistant referee (linesman), this is something that you would arrange with the referee assignor.
• Assignors will be more than willing to meet your request, and often this is the best way to start in your first few games.
• Please note that the Mini Referee course does not cover assistant referee training, so Mini referees cannot be assigned as assistants.
• Yes, this is allowed, and most districts are quite happy to have extra help!
• This would be something you would need to set in your Refcentre account – under the ‘Preferences>Districts’ menu. It would be best to also get in touch with the referee assignor in the neighbouring district, so that you can introduce yourself to them.
• If you have a Refcentre administrator account through your district, the contact information for referees in your district can be accessed under the ‘Reports’ menu. You can access separate lists of referees who are eligible to officiate indoor and outdoor games
• If you do not have a Refcentre administrator account, your District Referee Assistant (DRA) will be able to help you. DRA’s are listed at If your district does not have a DRA, please contact –
• Mini referees can referee U10 or younger only. Note – Mini referees are not qualified to run lines.
• Youth (14 and 15 years old) referees can referee U12 8v8 games or younger, or run lines on U14 games.
• District referees who are 16 or 17 years old can referee U14 games or younger, and run lines on U16 games or younger.
• District referees who are 18 years old can referee U16 games or younger, and run lines on U18 games or younger.
• District referees who are older than 18 years can referee or line any age group, subject to the discretion of the assignor.

• This can easily be done by logging into your account at –
• It is accessed under the ‘Profile’ menu.

• At the log in screen, there is a ‘Forgot Password’ link (see picture)
• Note – this will send your password by email to the address that was used to create your Refcentre account.
• Since this is only a Referee account, it may be advisable to keep a note of your password somewhere handy.
• You can change your password when logged in, using the ‘Profile’ menu.
This can only be changed by an administrator. Please email –
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