The Ontario Soccer Association’s (OSA) Referee Development Program has as its mission,
“To prepare and certify referees for the club, district, regional and provincial levels of the game”. Each season, the OSA offers training at all levels for referees, including those referees who are entering the program for the first time to those seeking promotion to
the next level.
Referee development within the Ottawa Gloucester Soccer Club is a cooperative effort between Dragons and the Hornets. Information about entry level courses is posted each year on the Ottawa Gloucester Dragons website. Courses for Mini Referees and Entry Level Referees are usually held in April and May of each year just prior to the opening
of the soccer season.
To become a Mini Referee, an individual must be at least 12 years old and no more than
13 years old on or before March 31st of each year. OSA Mini Referees are qualified to referee 7 v 7 Tiny Tot and Mini Soccer games, but are not certified to referee or act as the assistant referee on any 11 vs 11 games at any level. Mini Referees are employed up to the U-10 age group.
Entry Level Referees
The Canadian Soccer Association requires that all game officials have reached the full age of 14 years before April 1 of the current year. Persons wishing to enter the referee program are required to pre-register for the course and complete a pre-course workbook, in-class workbook, and pass an examination at the conclusion of the course. Those who pass the examination will be certified as CSA District Referees (if over the age of 16) or Youth Referees (if under the age of 16).
New entry level referees must complete a minimum of five games with Dragons or another recreational league before being eligible to referee for the Hornets.
District Referees must have reached the full age of 16 years before April 1 of the current year, and are eligible to referee competitive and recreational soccer games up to Level 3 of the OSA pyramid of play.
Regional Referees must have reached the full age of 18 years before April 1 and must have a minimum of two (2) years experience as a District Referee. They must successfully complete the OSA Regional Referee Upgrade program.
Useful information for referees can be found at the following sites:
Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association
Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association Referee
Ontario Soccer Association
FIFA Laws of the Game
Ask The Referee
ERSL Referee Assignment System (RefCentre)
ERSL Rule Summary