1. How do I become a certified soccer referee in ManitobaTo become a certified soccer referee in Manitoba, you need to complete the appropriate entry level course offered by the Manitoba Soccer Association with Canada Soccer Association. Check our Become a Referee site or contact our office for upcoming courses.
  2. What are the age requirements for becoming a referee?The minimum age requirement to become a certified soccer referee in Manitoba is 12 years old as a Small Sided Referee.
  3. How often do I need to renew my referee certification?Referee certifications need to be renewed at the start of each season by completing an Indoor, and Outdoor Refresher. Click on our Registration link to register, or on our Calendar to find dates.
  4. What is the process for upgrading my referee certification to a higher level?Referees can upgrade their certification by attending additional training courses and gaining experience at higher-level matches. Details on the upgrading process are available on our website. Click here to find the classification policy or here to understand how the pathway works.
  5. How do I report a match incident or file a complaint?If you need to report a match incident or file a complaint, please follow the procedures outlined in our Discipline Forms. If you need help filling any form please email our Referee Development Manager at jruiz@manitobasoccer.ca.
  6. What equipment do I need as a soccer referee?Referees are required to have specific equipment, including a uniform, whistle, flags, a watch, and appropriate footwear. Please access our Referee Store if you want to purchase any equipment.
  7. How are referees assigned to matches?Referee assignments are typically managed through our online system. Referees can log in to view available assignments, express their availability, and receive match assignments. Please review our Referee Assigning Criteria Policy.
  8. What support and resources are available for referees in Manitoba?The Manitoba Soccer Association provides ongoing support, mentorship programs, and resources for referees, including access to training materials, rule updates, and networking opportunities. Access our calendar to find out dates. Click here to understand how Referee Development works.
  9. What is the process for handling disrespectful behavior or abuse from players, coaches, or spectators?Referees should follow the established protocols for reporting and addressing disrespectful behavior or abuse. Please find the Discipline Forms here.
  10. Can I officiate matches outside of Manitoba with my certification?Referees certified in Manitoba may have the opportunity to officiate matches outside the province. However, it is essential to check with the relevant soccer associations and fill a form to officiate interprovincially, excepting those appointed by Canada Soccer.

If you have any questions that are not covered in the FAQ section, please feel free to reach out to us via email at jruiz@manitobasoccer.ca. We are here to assist you and provide the information you need.

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