Last Updated: Jan 12th, 2015

The NWT Soccer Association's Referee Program exists to support and foster the development and education of referees from the grassroots to elite levels of refereeing throughout the Northwest Territories.The goal of the NWT Soccer Association is provide member referees across the Northwest Territories with the tools necessary to help build the future of soccer in the Northwest Territories and to develop referees.

If referees strive to be successful they will need more than law interpretation skill and experience, although these are both indispensable. Being a successful soccer referee is about personal desire towards continuing education and learning about the game and the Laws which govern it.

Entry Level Referee Clinics

This is the clinic you want to take if you are looking to become a registered referee in the Northwest Territories. The Entry Level Referee Clinic is the entry point into 11 a-side soccer. Once an individual is successful in passing this clinic they will be classified as a Youth Referee, if they are 14 or 15 years old or a District Referee, if they are 16 years old or older.

The goal of this three day clinic is to ensure that individuals who pass are capable to be either a Referee or an Assistant Referee in 11 a-side soccer. This is done with experienced referee instructors who use video educational material and practical on field sessions. The topics covered include, but are not limited to the Laws of the Game, Positioning, Signals, Administration of the game, and Pre-Match Preparation & Match Reporting.

Pre-requisite: Minimum 14 Years old by or on the day of the clinic
Clinic Length: 17 hours
Clinic Time: (Varies depending on the community)
Clinic Fee: Will vary depending on the community it is hosted in.

Referee Refresher Clinics

The Canadian Soccer Association and the NWT Soccer Association requires all referees to attend a Referee Refresher Clinic every two (2) years. Referee Refresher Clinics are designed to update all Registered Referees in the Northwest Territories with any Laws of the Game changes and interpretations.

Pre-requisite: Must currently be a NWT Soccer Association Registered Official
Clinic Length: 3 hours.
Clinic Fee: FREE

 Regional Level Referee Clinics

The Regional Level Referee Clinic is for referees who are looking to achieve the next level in the Territorial Referee Program and be able to referee high level matches.

The goal of this three day clinic is to teach and give appropriate tools to all individuals to advance their skills.

The topics covered include:
- Laws of the Game
- FIFA Fitness Test and Warm-up procedures
- Dealing with Confrontation
- Role of the Assistant Referee
- Achieving and Maintaining Match Control
- Right place Right time
- Recognizing Challenges

Pre-requisite: Must currently be a NWT Soccer Association Registered Referee
Course Length: 17 hours

Conversion Course

For existing District and Regional Certified Officials, there is a soccer conversion course.

  • Futsal Conversion – is a one day course, designed to teach the Futsal Laws of the Game, as well as provide practical on-field training.

Provincial Promotion Course

The Provincial Referee Clinic is for referees who are looking to achieve the next level in the Provincial Referee Program and have the skills to meet the requirements of a Provincial Referee.

Pre-requisite: Must currently be a NWT Soccer Association Registered Referee and apply for consideration or been nominated by the NWT Soccer Association Head of Referees.

Referee must have successfully completed the FIFA fitness test and also passed and complete an online examination on the Laws of the Game prior to the course. This exam will be administered and evaluated by either the CSA Referee department  and the candidates must pass with a mark of not less than 80% (Note: officials are only offered one attempt at this examination – this is a single annual examination set by the CSA and there are no retakes).

Course Length: 17 hours

The three day course is an intensive mix of practical and theoretical referee training

Assessors & Instructors

In an effort to continue developing our northern referees, the NWT Soccer Association requires that all certified assessors must complete a total of four (4) assessments within a calendar year to maintain their accrediation. Aseessors will be paid $25.00 per assessment.and must submit these to Lyric Sandhals. Instructors must conduct a course jointly with another instructor to become active, then they are eligible to offer courses. Instructor must offer at least once in a two-year time period to maintain their accreditation and will be compensated for their services.

NWTSA Referee Assessment Form

CSA Assessor Handbook