Referee Development

Small Sided Referee Clinics

The Small Sided Referee Clinic is the basics of refereeing and is offered to individuals who are no less than 12 years of age. Once an individual is successful in passing this clinic, they are classified as a Small Sided Referee and may officiate in any match with players between U11 and U12. Our club also uses referees with this certification for games at the U8 through U10 levels in-house.

All Small Sided Games Clinics are delivered through the District and / or Club and supported by the Club Head Referee Model. VAFC offers this course in conjunction with the Vancouver Youth Soccer Association. It is normally targetted at youth players, but we also recommend it for team officials to better understand the rules of play.

Pre-requisite: Minimum 12 years old
Course Length: 8 hours (normally run as two sessions)
Course Fee: set by the host District / Club
Clinic Date/Time: To Be Announced


Entry Level Referee Clinics

The Entry Level Referee Clinic is the entry point into 11 a-side soccer. Once an individual is successful in passing this clinic they will be classified as a Youth Referee if they are 14 or 15 years old, or a District Referee if they are 16 years old or older.

The goal of this three day clinic is to ensure that individuals who pass are capable to be either a Referee or an Assistant Referee in 11 a-side soccer. This is done with experienced referee instructors who use video educational material and practical on field sessions. The topics covered include, but are not limited to the Laws of the Game, Positioning, Signals, Administration of the game, and Pre-Match Preparation & Match Reporting. Successful individuals have their first year’s registration free.

Pre-requisite: Minimum 14 Years old by or on the day of the clinic
Clinic Length:
17 hours
Clinic Fee:
$125.00 (plus a $4.25 user fee / system processing fee)
Clinic Time:
Friday 6pm – 10pm – Saturday 9am – 5pm – Sunday 9am – 2pm