Become a Referee
Becoming a soccer referee can provide numerous benefits both on and off the field. Firstly, it allows individuals to deepen their knowledge and love for the game, as well as to stay physically active. Refereeing also promotes leadership, decision-making, and communication skills, as referees must be confident in making quick and fair decisions, often in high-pressure situations. Additionally, it can provide opportunities for personal growth, such as building confidence, developing problem-solving skills, and improving time management.
Moreover, it can serve as a pathway to a career in sports officiating or coaching. Finally, being a referee can also provide a sense of fulfillment, as individuals contribute to the fair and safe play of the game while helping to instill values of sportsmanship and respect in players and spectators alike.
To referee in Alberta, you must be at least 14 years of age and are required to complete the Entry Level Referee Course. To referee the indoor game (boarded or boardless) you must also take the Conversion Course. Your credentials must be renewed each year, to do this, you must pass the online Refresher Course. Once you have become a certified referee, you will be registered as an active member in the Alberta Soccer Association website database.