Entry Level Referee Course FAQ

What is the format for the Entry Level Referee Course?

    • Starting in 2024, the Entry Level Referee Course will consist of two blocks.
    • Block 1 – Canada Soccer Online Theory Modules
      • Registration will be through Canada Soccer
    • Block 2 – Soccer Nova Scotia In-person Classroom and On-field Practical Session
      • Registration will be through Soccer Nova Scotia
      • Block 1 must be completed prior to registration and participation in Block 2
      • Approximately 3.5 – 4 hours of in-class training and 3 hours of on-field practical training

When are the courses offered and where?

    • Each region will offer Block 2 of the Entry Level Referee Course each spring (April – May) IF they need referees in their region.

How do I register for the Entry Level Referee Course?

    • Coming Soon

When will the Entry Level Referee Course Registration and Information be available?

    • The Entry Level Referee Course Registration and Information will be available early to mid February on the Soccer Nova Scotia website.
    • On the home page of the Soccer Nova Scotia website, select Development>Referee>Referee Registration and Management>Entry Level Referee Course Information

What is the deadline to complete the New Official/Entry Level Referee Registration?

    • Coming Soon

What is the total cost for the Entry Level Referee Course?

    • Coming soon

How do I pay for my Entry Level Referee Course?

    • Online payment for Block 1 – Canada Soccer Online Theory Modules will take place at time of registration.
    • Online payment for Block 2 – Soccer Nova Scotia In-person Classroom and On-field Practical Session will take place at time of registration.

Can I use my parent’s email address if I am a youth applicant?

    • All Entry Level Referee Course Registrants will require their own unique email address.
    • Youth Registrants should have their own email addresses for their referee accounts and not use a parent or guardian’s email address.

How old do I have to be to apply for the Entry Level Referee Course?

    • The minimum age is 14 years old at the time of registration for Block 1 – Canada Soccer Online Theory Modules.

Will late Entry Level Referee Course Applications after the deadline be accepted?

    • Coming Soon

Is there anything that I need to bring with me to Block 2 – Soccer Nova Scotia In-person Classroom and On-field Practical Session?

    • Please bring a notebook and pens/pencils to the course
    • Water bottle
    • Food or snacks. Lunch is not provided for full-day courses.
    • Dress in athletic wear (tracksuit, indoor running shoes, etc.).
    • Dress appropriately if your on-field session is outdoors.

What will I receive when I participate in Block 2 – Soccer Nova Scotia In-person Classroom and On-field Practical Session?

    • A whistle
    • A flag
    • Cards and card book
    • A Canada Soccer Referee badge
    • Youth Entry Level Referees will receive an armband

What needs to be completed to be a referee and be assigned to games?

    • Block 1 – Canada Soccer Online Theory Modules must be completed.
    • Block 2 – Soccer Nova Scotia In-person Classroom and On-field Practical Session must be completed.
    • Registration and Payment for both Blocks of the course must be received.

What do I wear to officiate games?

    • Plain, Black Shorts and Socks.
    • Plain, Black T-shirt (free of logos) until a Referee Shirt can be acquired.
    • Referee Apparel and additional supplies may also be ordered online (Savi, Nova Trophy, Amazon, or Avanti Sports) and occasionally found at some sporting goods stores.
    • Ask the Regional Referee Instructor in your region as they may be aware of local shops to buy Referee Apparel.
    • The Canada Soccer Referee Badge MUST be attached to the left chest area of the shirt for all games as this shows that you are authorized to officiate games.

What do referees get paid?

    • The fees that referees are paid are based on the divisions that you are officiating as well as the referee position (Referee or Assistant Referee).
    • The Referee Fee Schedule can be found on the Soccer Nova Scotia website, select Development>Referee>Referee Fees and Forms.
    • Click here to be redirected to the Referee Fee Schedule.
    • Please ensure you are looking at the correct seasonal tab for the correct fees.
    • In some cases, such as tournaments, Referee Fees may be prorated where game lengths have been shortened to accommodate the schedule.

How do I get paid for the games I officiate?

    • Referee Payment is dependent on the region that you are officiating in.
    • Some regions pay in the form of cheques to the referees on scheduled dates while in other regions, referees are paid at the field during the game they are officiating.
    • Typically, within the HRM, referees are paid at the field during the game they are officiating.
    • To confirm how referees are paid in the region where you are officiating, please contact the Regional Referee Instructor for your Entry Level Referee Course or the Referee Assignor for your region.
    • Click here for Referee Contacts per region.

Does my Entry Level Referee Registration expire?

    • The Entry Level Referee Course registration includes the annual Referee Registration fee.
    • All referee registrations expire annually on March 31, so your registration will expire on March 31 of the following year.

How do I register as a referee after my first year as an Entry Level Referee?

    • In the following year, you will register for the annual season as a Returning Referee with the appropriate classification – Youth or District.
      • Youth referees are under the age of 16.
      • District referees are 16 years old and older.
      • The registration typically opens in early March and is valid annually from April 1 – March 31 the following year.

If you have any questions regarding the Entry Level Referee Course, please contact admin@soccerns.ca.