Becoming a Referee

Becoming a Referee with Mount Pearl Soccer Association

*Information provided in partnership with the Newfoundland Soccer Association. 


What is Required to Become a Referee?

The NLSA provides two options to get you started as a referee, the small sided course, and the entry level course.

The small sided course is open to those aged 12-16 and deals only with refereeing “small-sided” games- from 7 to 9/ side, with no offside law applied. This course does not qualify you to referee 11/side games, or to act as an assistant referee. It is a one-day course. If you don’t have a strong background in soccer, or want to try refereeing at a lower level before fully committing, this is the course for you.

The entry level course takes place over 2 full days, and qualifies successful candidates to referee 11/side games anywhere in Canada, and to act as an assistant referee. You must be 14 or older to take the course. Current or former players are encouraged to take this course rather than the small sided course, but it is also designed for those who do not play.

    How Do I Register for These Courses?

The NLSA normally offer these courses from May - July each year, with some even being held at our facility. Keep an eye out on their website (Newfoundland Soccer Association) around this time to sign up for a course as spots do go quickly! 


Starting with MPSA

Courses finished and ready to go? Great! Contact us at our office via email at apply. Be sure to include: 

  • Full Name 
  • Age 
  • Course Completion 

We'll get this information to our Director of Officials who will take it from there in terms of communication and scheduling. 


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