Referee registration in 2019 will be handled by the NLSA referee committee through the registrar, Martin Batterson e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Newly qualified referees will be automatically registered with the NLSA for the current year.
The NLSA registration year runs from July 1st to June 30th. Officials must register directly via the on-line form available here to be eligible to officiate in NLSA sanctioned games. Referee registration will start as of March 21st, and all referees should register by May 31st or prior to officiating in their first outdoor league game of the season.
Please note that leagues/ clubs and associations may be fined if they use an unregistered or unqualified official to referee games. The NLSA maintains an up to date list of registered officials. If any club or individual requires access to this list to check registration status of officials, contact the NLSA office, the referee registrar (Martin Batterson) or the Director of Officials (Dave Liverman- e-mail email@example.com)
As of 2019, all referees have to complete a compulsory refresher course prior to their registration being accepted. There are two refresher tests, one for district referees and above, and one for those who are only qualified as small-sided referees.
Clubs or regions who would prefer to submit a group registration using a spreadsheet should contact the registrar or NLSA office.
To register officials must first complete a brief refresher test.
Test for those who have completed only the small-sided course (one-day course teaching the laws of small-sided soccer)
Test for all referees officiating 11/side soccer - completed the full entry level course.
Once the test has been completed referees can register on-line using the form linked below:-
Note: for a registration to be accepted, officials must have been previously registered with the NLSA in the last two years. If the official has not registered with the NLSA, the following applies:-
If you choose not to re-register as an NLSA referee, then as per Canada Soccer regulations, after 2 years your referee qualification expires. For example, if you first qualified in 2010, but you were not registered in 2017 or 2018, then you would need to apply to the referee committee and follow the required procedures in order to register as a referee in 2019.
To re-certify as a referee, the following guidelines will be applied by the referee committee. The registration database contains records going back to 2011. Any referee who wishes to re-certify and who last registered prior to 2011 must produce evidence of taking and passing referee courses. If they cannot provide such documentation they must take a full entry level or small-sided course.
For referees who registered at some point from 2011 onwards, or registered prior to 2011 and can produce evidence of passing a course, the following guidelines apply:-