Referee Development Program

The Referee Development Program at KLM Soccer Club is structured to support current KLM players and existing referees in our club to improve their officiating skills in a safe and respectful environment. KLM is committed to training and developing young referees by providing an environment that allows opportunities for referees to develop a passion for the game.

Our referees will receive support from our Referee Coordinator who will provide oversight to the Referee Development Program within our club vision. The program is designed to offer support to our referees through game day shadowing and mentoring, on-field training and educational workshops during the season. We believe this approach is the most effective way to ensure a successful transition from the classroom to the field.

At KLM we strive to continue developing and educating our young referees.


  • You need to be at least 12 years of age or older.
  • You don’t need to be in great shape although it helps especially if you want to get into the more competitive games and older age groups.
  • The rules of soccer are not all that difficult. There are only 17 laws to understand and apply.
  • The club organizes a referee course every 2 years. Each successful participant registered with KLM will receive a set of AR flags at the end of the course.
  • Yes, there is a quiz at the end of the course but it is not difficult and most referees pass on their first try.

Referee Levels

If you are interested in becoming a referee, please contact Referee Coordinator, Rishi Gupta at:

  • Minimum age for small-sided game (less than 11-aside) referees is 12.
  • Minimum age for a Youth Referee is 14.
  • Minimum age for a District Referee is 16.

KLM is responsible for providing referees for the following levels and games:

  • Referees (Youth or District Referee) at U11 and U12
  • Assistant referees (District Referee) at divisional levels (U15-U18)
  • Referees (Small Sided Referee or Youth/District Referee) at U9 and U10.

The Vancouver District which is the Vancouver Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) is responsible for providing referees for the following boys’ and girls’ home games:

  • All league games (U13-U18).
  • All district and inter-district cup games (U13-U18).
  • All BCSA Cup games.
  • All Coastal Cup games (referees and assistants)

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 U-8 and U-12.

Prerequisite: Minimum 12 Years old
Clinic Length: 6 hours
Clinic Time: Varies
Clinic Fee: $40.00 (plus $4.25 user fee / system processing fee)

BC Soccer runs these courses; link below.

Schedule of Clinics and Registration

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, Pre-Match Preparation, and Match Reporting.

Prerequisite: Minimum 14 Years old
Clinic Length: 17 hours
Clinic Time: Friday 6pm – 10pm – Saturday 9am – 5pm – Sunday 9am – 2pm
Clinic Fee: $125.00 (plus a $4.25 user fee / system processing fee)

BC Soccer runs these courses; link below.

Schedule of Clinics and Registration

Rates of Pay

  • U8 – $20 per game.
  • U9-U10 – $25 per game.
  • U11-U12 – $25 per game.
  • U13-U14 Divisionals.  The District (VYSA) provides referees at these age groups.
  • U15-U18 Assistant Referee – $25 per game.

Scheduling Procedure

Referees send their weekly availability to the Referee Coordinator, who then uses this availability to schedule Referees and AR’s for all U8-U18 games by Wednesday afternoon of each week.

Cancellation Procedure

If you have been assigned a game and are not able to make it, you must immediately contact the Referee Coordinator.
Please note: Those who do not accept games, cancel games they were assigned, do not show up and/or are constantly late to games, without a valid excuse will be removed from the “call out list”.