Anyone who is twelve (12) years old as of January 1st and is
interested in becoming a referee may arrange to attend an
entry level referee clinic. These clinics are put on throughout
the year, although most are held in the spring. They are
normally organized by the larger soccer clubs in each local
soccer district. Sometimes a district will put on a clinic on
The clinics available are listed on the Ontario Soccer
If the Ottawa Royals are offering a clinic at a convenient time,
get in touch with the person designated on the OSA website as
the clinic contact. Each clinic is limited to 25 candidates.
With the Ottawa Royals, registration is on a first-paid,
first-registered basis. You will be asked to send in full name,
address, phone number, email, date of birth, and a cheque for
$50 (Please make your cheques payable to Ottawa Royals Soccer Club).
If we do not have space in our in-house clinics, a candidate may
arrange to attend a clinic through any other club or district.
You may also contact the head referee and he may arrange a clinic
through any other club.
Each clinic consists of 16 hours of class and field time with one
or two instructors assigned by the OSA. There is usually a
representative of the club or district in attendance who will
help the instructor(s) and referee candidates, particularly with
details concerning how officiating for that club works. With the
Ottawa Royals, the Head Referee attends each clinic.
Upon passing a quiz at the end of the clinic, each graduate will
have become a Class 4 referee. Each new referee will need a uniform
and equipment. Once properly equipped, the referee will be able to
contact the Ottawa Royals, other clubs, and other leagues to obtain
assignments to games.
Each new referee will operate in the first year with an
identification card provided at the end of the clinic. In each
subsequent year, the referee must register with the OSA and will
receive a new identification card. In subsequent years, each referee
may be eligible to upgrade to a higher classification through the
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