Referee

Lakeshore Soccer Club’s referees are dedicated to serve all ages of soccer at the local and competitive levels. Experienced staff trains the referees in the Laws of the Game and the methods of officiating a soccer match.

Lakeshore referees work closely with coaches and players to make the game more enjoyable to play. Player safety and control of a game are two of the most important goals that a referee should be concerned with. Each match will be assigned one referee who may be aided by two assistant referees and in some cases a fourth official. The crew of referees shall always work in a professional manner that exhibits respect for the sport. The decisions of the referee should not be challenged as they follow by the Laws of the Game.

There are eleven duties a referee has while officiating a soccer game:
  • Enforcing the Laws of the Game;
  • Controlling the match in co-operation with the assistant referees and, where applicable, with the fourth official;
  • Ensuring that any ball used meets the requirements of Law 2;
  • Ensuring that the players' equipment meets the requirements of Law 4;
  • Acting as timekeeper and keeping a record of the match;
  • Ensuring that any player bleeding from a wound leaves the field of play. The player may only return on receiving a signal from the referee, who must be satisfied that the bleeding has stopped;
  • Punishing the more serious offence when a player commits more than one offence at the same time;
  • Acting on the advice of the assistant referees regarding incidents that he has not seen;
  • Ensuring that no unauthorised persons enter the field of play;
  • Indicating the restart of the match after it has been stopped;
  • Providing the appropriate authorities with a match report, which includes information on any disciplinary action taken against players and/or team officials, substitutions and any other incidents that occurred before, during or after the match.

 

It comes down to self confidence and trusting yourself.

Pierluigi Collina

Applications

Lakeshore refereeing is always looking to expand. Applicants looking to officiate soccer will need to fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/9jVn0MSzR1uTmC3C2, as well as send a their CV and Cover Letter in PDF format (Last name, First Name) to refereeinchief@lakeshoresoccer.ca.  From there, the candidates will be contacted for an interview to determine whether or not they meet the qualifications to begin training as a Lakeshore referee.  Training includes 14 hours of theoretical training, 2 hours of practical training, and 2 hours of exhibition training totalling 18 hours over a two weekend period.  Applicants should treat refereeing as a "real" job as it requires discipline, confidence, independence, and determination.  Applicants must be 15 years and older by January 1 (for the upcoming season). 

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