(February 19, 2019) Female officials throughout the province are invited to join other women from around the province at the Create Your Advantage referee refresher and skill development sessions this March. These courses, being offered for the third time in Edmonton and Calgary, feature both the mandatory refresher course offered from the female perspective, as well as a female-created skill development session – all at no cost to participants!

Interested officials can register at www.refcentre.com, using the code ‘dws001’:

  • Edmonton – Course #1546
    • March 30
    • Concordia University
  • Calgary – Course #1526
    • March 31
    • Mt. Royal University

The outdoor refresher will run from 9 AM – 12 PM and the Skill Development Session will run from 1 – 4 PM (in-class and on-field).

If attending a full-day course isn’t feasible, don’t worry: “Although we hope most women can attend the full day, we understand that this may not always be possible,” said Carmen Charron, Women in Sport Leadership Program Lead. “If that’s the case, we welcome female participants to attend either the morning or the afternoon session. The value they’ll gain from the supportive and empowering environment that the Create Your Advantage sessions are known for will be worth it.”

What if I’m not yet a referee?

If you’re not yet an official, but would like to take part in an entry-level referee course, we’re also offering all-female certification courses in both Edmonton and Calgary for females who are 14 years or older by May 15th, 2019:

  • Edmonton
    • April 6 & 7, 2019
    • Edmonton East Soccer Centre
  • Calgary
    • April 6 & 7, 2010
    • Mt. Royal University

Interested parties may register for these courses here. Cost is $110.00 for students, 14 & 15 years old and $ 131.25 for those 16 years+.

For more information, please email Carmen Charron or David O’Neill

“For females that are looking at getting involved, attend the female orientated courses. I found that these are great places to meet mentors and fellow peers…and the content is directed to deal with the issues and challenges that we [as females] face on the field, which is slightly different. It was a great experience, one that I recommend to any female official regardless of experience.” 

Sim Lakhyan, a female referee in the province