Referee Development

Ontario Soccer has a variety of program areas that will assist you in your career as a Match Official. In addition to refereeing, Ontario Soccer also provides support for Assessors, Instructors, Mentors and Coaches.

Please refer to Ontario Soccer’s website for all available courses and contact with any questions:

Referee Mentorship

Hamilton Soccer’s Referee Mentorship program allows tenured referees within our region to help evaluate and educate new match officials. Through in game evaluations, phone calls and reports, the program allows for match officials to perform better and stay in the game longer.

Ontario Soccer are pleased to provide our members with a series of new Match Official Recruitment and Retention materials that can aid in reaching out to your community.

With Annual Registration and Match Official Accreditation Clinics now open, these materials can be used on social media, your websites, shared via email and in newsletters, or printed and placed on information boards within your facilities.

These Members Association Recruitment tools can be found on and include a document that will assist in determining how to target your membership and utilize the material effectively.

Only 55 per cent of Match Officials who registered in 2019 returned for the 2021 season. This shortfall impacts everyone in the game and it is important to educate new and returning match officials on the benefits the role has in soccer.

Additionally, as a reminder, member organizations are welcomed and encouraged to attend our Club and District Recruitment Webinars, which are geared towards District Administrators, District and Club Presidents, Technical Staff and Boards.

If you have any questions please contact:

Match Official Accreditation Clinics:
Alex Di Noia, Sr. Coordinator Match Officials Development and Community Education

905-264-9390 ext.243

Annual Registration and Information Webinars:
Nicky Pearson, Sr. Manager, Match Officials Development and Community Education

905-264-9390 ext.238

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Contact us to discuss getting connected with a club near you, understand the soccer development pathway you can aspire to advance through, learn how to get involved as a coach or referee, or to offer any comments or feedback.