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Referee Information

If you are interested in refereeing for HCFC, here is where you will find all the information you need on clinics, equipment and referee registration.

Referee clinics are hosted by HCFC. Content, instruction, and administration are by BC Soccer. If you have any questions about refereeing for HCFC, please contact Ross Cameron at headref@harbourcityfc.com.


Entry Level Referee Clinics

This is the clinic you want to take if you are looking to become a registered referee in British Columbia and are 14 years old or older.

The Entry Level Referee Clinic is the entry point to officiating 11-a-side soccer. Once an individual successfully completes this clinic they will be classified as a BCSA/CSA Youth Referee or District Referee depending on their age at the time of taking the clinic. Youth classification is given to referees who are 14 or 15 years old; District classification is automatically given to any referee who has passed the Entry-level clinic  and is 16 years old or older.

The goal of this three-session clinic is to ensure that individuals are capable of officiating 11-a-side soccer either as a referee or assistant referee. The course is instructed by experienced referee instructors who use video educational material and practical on-field training sessions. The topics covered include Laws of the Game, Positioning, Signals, Administration of the game, Pre-Match Preparation, and Match Reporting.

This clinic is also recommended for coaches or other individuals who wish to gain a more thorough understanding of the Laws of the Game and their practical application.

HCFC is hosting a three-session Entry-level Referee clinic September 20, 21, and 22 (two evenings and one full Saturday). You must attend all three sessions to successfully complete the course. For referees who will be officiating for HCFC, the $131.25 clinic fee will be paid by the club. Contact Ross Cameron at headref@harbourcityfc.com for the fee-waiver code to use when signing up.

Direct access to the registration page is here (https://www.refcentre.com/bc) Select ‘Search by Region’> Van Island Upper.

More information about this clinic can be found at the BC Soccer Referee page here (https://www.bcsoccer.net/referee-clinics).

Small Sided Referee Clinics

This is the clinic you want to take if you are 11 to 13 years old and looking to become a registered Small-sided Referee in British Columbia. If you are 11 years old when you take this clinic you may only begin refereeing once you are 12 years old.

The Small-sided Referee clinic covers the basics of refereeing. Upon successful completion of this clinic, students receive BCSA/CSA Small-sided Referee certification and may officiate matches up to U12/13 or Super 8 small-sided matches.

HCFC is hosting a two-session Small-sided Referee clinic on September 6 and 7, 2018 (two evenings). You must attend both sessions. For referees who will be officiating for HCFC, the $40.00 clinic fee will be paid by the club. Contact Ross Cameron at headref@harbourcityfc.com to receive the fee-waiver code to use when signing up.

Direct access to the registration page is here (https://www.refcentre.com/bc) Select ‘Search by Region’> Van Island Upper.

More information can be found at the BC Soccer Referee page here (https://www.bcsoccer.net/referee-clinics).

Note: Small-sided referees wanting to maintain their Small-sided Referee certification for a second season must take an annual quiz in order to re-register. They do not need to take a Refresher Clinic. Refresher clinics are reserved for referees with Youth Referee certification or higher.

Refresher Clinics

This is the clinic you want to take if you already have Youth certification or higher and want to continue refereeing in the coming season.

HCFC has applied to BC Soccer to host two Refresher Clinics this season, one clinic on September 15, 2018 and a second on October 14, 2018. For referees who will be officiating for HCFC, the $72.71 clinic fee will be paid by the club. Contact Ross Cameron at headref@harbourcityfc.com for the fee-waiver code to use when signing up.

In order to register for a Refresher Clinic, sign into your Ref Centre account here (https://www.refcentre.com/Login.aspx?) and select ‘Registration>Refresher Courses”. Once HCFC’s clinics have been approved by BC Soccer they will show up on the site.

Referee Development

Small-sided and Entry-level referee clinics are the first steps in the progression from Small-sided and Youth/District, to Regional, Provincial, National and ultimately FIFA referee designations. HCFC is supporting this development pathway by sponsoring Small-sided and Entry-level clinics as well as offering  continuing education, mentorship and fitness training on a regular basis throughout the season.

Referee Equipment Purchase

Small-sided and Youth Referees

For small-sided and youth referees, HCFC will be doing two orders this season for the purchase of referee kits from SoccerX in Vancouver. The first order will go out on August 1, 2018; the second order will go out on September 1, 2018. This equipment will be sold at a significant discount due to HCFC’s annual bulk purchase of uniforms and other equipment from SoccerX. If you would like to participate in this group order please contact Ross Cameron at headref@harbourcityfc.com. Kit prices quoted below are based on 2017/18 pricing information. As soon as SoccerX gets back to me on 2018/19 pricing, I will update this page.


SoccerX Referee Kit*

Two jerseys                     32.00

Shorts                10.00

Socks                          6.00

Notebook and cards 4.50

Pump                        13.00

Pressure gauge        11.00

Whistle                            5.00

Subtotal                      81.00

Tax                                  9.72

Total                        90.72

*if SoccerX is unable to supply a component of this kit, you will be contacted about a substitution. If the replacement item is more expensive than the item listed here, you will be required to pay the difference in price.

District and Regional Referees

Referees interested in doing higher-level youth matches or adult matches should purchase a 2018 Adidas kit (minimum black and yellow jersey, black socks and black shorts) from either www.heyref.ca in Edmonton, or Kirby’s for Sports in Nanaimo.

Hey Ref! has stock on hand and therefore orders are generally very quick. HeyRef! also has a great supply of referee items such as B+D Quadro I flags and writeable cards.

Kirby’s does a special order from their supplier upon receiving an order from you. Consequently, though they are less expensive than HeyRef!, there can be a significant delay in receiving orders. Use this form to order from Kirby’s: Kirby’s Referee Kit Order Form.

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