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



    Laws of the Game apply, with these changes:

  • 7 players on the field; one of whom must be the goalkeeper

  • Minimum 6 players to start at the beginning of each half and after a stoppage in play 

  • 25 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

U11 & U12 Amendments


U11 & U12

Laws of the Game apply with these amendments:

  • 8 players on the field, one of whom must be the goalkeeper

  • Minimum 7 players to start each half or after a stoppage in play

  • 30 minutes each half

  • Law 11 (Offside) applies in the last 1/3 of the field only

  • 9 yards for free-kicks instead of 10 yards

  • (House only) 2nd chance on a throw in - explain what they did wrong

  • Unlimited substitution

  • Indirect Free Kicks taken from outside of Penalty Area

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

  • Safety first

Retreat Line

All U13 Teams (all age divisions u6 - u13, house and rep):

Retreat Line Procedure

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.

For U11 and U12:  Law 11 offside applies in the last one third of the field

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

U18 7 v 7 Amendments


U18 Co-ed

  • 7 per-side, including the goalkeeper

  • reduced field size

  • Substitutions will be made in accordance to the Laws of the game.  No Substitutions on the fly

  • Exiting player must leave field before new player comes on, at the same place on the touchline

  • Illegal substitutions result in an indirect free kick

  • Law 11 (Offside) does apply

  • Goalkeepers may punt or drop-kick the ball.  However, if the ball crosses the centre line without touching the ground, touching a player, or going out of bounds an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team at the place it crossed the centre line. 

SCYSA Referee Pay Scale


SCYSA Referee Pay Scale

House Referees

Rep Referees

Assistant Referees

U10/U12  $27

U10/U12  $30

U10/U12  n/a

U13/U14  $35

U13/U14  $40

U13/U14  $20

U15/U16 $40

U15/U16 $45

U15/U16 $25

U17/U18 $45

U17/U18 $55

U17/U18 $25

 Spring League Pay Scale


Referee Monthly Meetings


Referee Monthly Meetings

Monthly Referee Meetings - September through February
Davis Bay Hall - 5123 Davis Bay Road

Upcoming dates for 2017:

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Davis Bay Hall

Small sided referees:  6:30 - 7:30pm

All other referees:  7:30 - 9:00 pm

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, Davis Bay Hall

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Davis Bay Hall

Referees, aspiring referees, coaches and players are welcome!

Discipline Reports

Select the appropriate link below to report cautions and sending-off offences. Please read the instructions carefully, and provide a full account of what happened. If you are reporting foul and abusive language, please include the bad words. 

For dismissals or ejections, click here.


Please note cautions and sending-off offences need to have clear language that indicate why the foul is a caution or dismisal. It may be helpful to cite the words from Law 12 that apply.

Mentoring Reports

Mentors: Please use this form (click on the link below) to file reports on referees you are mentoring.  It is probably best to download a copy of the form (link is here) in advance of the session.  The printable form contains the information that is required by the online version, though the layout is different.

Click here for the online form.  It will open in a new tab.

New Referee Training

In August, 2017 SCYSA will host two New Referee Training Courses

All participants MUST register with BC Soccer.  You are required to pay the fee. Once you are registered you will receive a confirmation email from BC Soccer.

If you are having problems registering, or you can contact Stephanie

SCYSA supports our local Referees!  Once you pass the course, referee at least 3 assignments for SCYSA and attend at least 3 monthly meetings, we will refund the BC Soccer Referee course fee.

To Register:  referee-clinics

Entry Level Referee Course

August 25, 26 & 27, 2017

Pre-requisite:  Minimum 14 years of age at time of course
Clinic length:  17 hours
Clinic Fee:  $125 (plus $4.25 user fee/system processing fee)

This three day course is the entry point into 11 a-side soccer

Small Sided Referee Course

August 25, 2017

Pre-requisite:  Minimum 12 years of age at time of course
Clinic length:  6 hours
Clinic fee:  $40 (plus $4.25 user fee/system processing fee)

This one day course is the basics of refereeing.  A Small Sided Referee can officiate games up to U12.