Resources for Referees

Soccer Law Amendments

SCYSA Amendments to Laws of the Game

Full amended Laws (as per BC Soccer) can be found under Info/Documents/Referees

The following amendments apply.

U10 Amendments




U11 & U12 Amendments


U11 & U12


Retreat Line

Retreat Line Procedure for all teams U6 - U13

There is a retreat line one-third running across the entire pitch one-third of the length of the pitch from each goal (this is the Offside line for U11 and U12). When one team is awarded a goal kick, all opposing players must be closer to their own goal than the kicking team's retreat line, and cannot cross it until:
- The ball is played by a player on the kicking team other than the player taking the goal kick OR,
- The ball travels over the retreat line OR,
- The ball leaves the field of play

If an opposing player crosses the retreat line before the ball is played or crosses the line the referee must stop play and the kick is re-taken.

If the opposing team repeatedly infringes the retreat line, an indirect free kick is awarded to the kicking team from the place where the offence occurred.

U13-U18 Amendments


U13 to U18

The Laws of the Game are amended as follows:

  • Unlimited substitution

  • U13, U14 - 35 minute half

  • U15, U16 - 40 minute half

  • U17, U18 - 45 minute half

  • Safety first

SCYSA Referee Pay Scale


SCYSA Referee Pay Scale

Referee Monthly Meetings


Referee Monthly Meetings

Monthly Referee Meetings - September through February

Upcoming dates for 2022:


Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - Sechelt Early Learning Center (classroom/conference room)

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - Sechelt Early Learning Center (classroom/conference room)

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 - Sechelt Early Learning Center (classroom/conference room)

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - Sechelt Early Learning Center (classroom/conference room)

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 - Sechelt Early Learning Center (classroom/conference room)

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 - Sechelt Early Learning Center (classroom/conference room)

referees, aspiring referees, coaches, players and parents are welcome!

U8/U9 Amendments



    Laws of the Game apply, with these changes:

  • 5 V 5 format, 5 players on the field; one of whom must be the goalkeeper

  • Minimum 4 players to start at the beginning of each half and after a stoppage in play 

  • 20 minutes each half

  • Law 11 (Offside) does not apply

  • Opponents must be 8 yards away from the ball for free-kicks

  • All free kicks are Indirect (cannot score from a free kick)

  • No Indirect Free Kicks in the Penalty Area

  • 2nd chance on a throw in - explain what they did wrong

  • Unlimited substitution

  • Keeper not permitted to punt ball from his goal area to opponent's goal area; free kick to the opposing team from the centre mark.

  • Safety first