Adult Referees Working Youth Games Need Criminal Record Checks

 All Referees Age 18 years and older please note the important information below.

 All adults working with youth are required to have a Criminal Record Check (CRC) on file with the RCYS Club's Risk Manager, Calvin Osborne. This is a mandatory requirement of BC Soccer. Failure to comply will result in you being ineligible to referee in RCYSC games this year.

 RCYSC is registered with the Ministry of Justice's Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP).  Please use the on-line link and volunteer access code click here for the code) below to submit your request for a CRC.   THE ACCESS CODE IS FOR USE BY RCYSC VOLUNTEERS & STAFF ONLY.   USE FOR OTHER PURPOSES WILL RESULT IN CHARGES TO THE USER!

Please email Calvin Osborne at with an attached screen shot or full details letting him know the date you submitted your request and any tracking/record number provided. If you have a current CRC on file with the club and with the Ministry of Justice please advise Calvin to verify.

Click here to access the eCRC website  (click here for the code

Additional information about the CRRP is available on their website at

If you have any questions, concerns, or problems using the system please contact Calvin

Chris Cyr

RCYSC Head Referee

U13 Retreat Line Information

Effective for the 2016-17 season, all U13 teams must retreat to the middle third of the field during an opponent's goal kick... 

For the full explanation, READ THE RULE HERE

Updated Rules

Please see the following documents regarding recent rule changes - this is for information purposes only and will be covered in depth at the BC SOCCER Refresher clinics this year.  It is important that All referees be familiar with the rule changes prior to the start of the upcoming season as they are applicable now:

Law Changes Q & A

Summary of law changes, law by law

2016-17 Referee Refresher Course
Posted Aug 4, 2016

All referees that are classified as Youth, District, Regional, or higher are required to attend an annual refresher. This Refresher will allow registration for the following year 2017-2018. All referees wanting to referee this fall (2016/17 season) should have completed a refresher this past fall (2015). Only those referees who have attended a refresher course and paid the registration fees will be available to referee games for RCYSC.

RCYSC will host an annual Referee Refresher Clinic on Friday Sept 9, 2016

Location is   Century House, Spruce Room on Friday Sept 9th from 6 - 9:30 the physical portion of the refresher will take place at Moody Park Field

Please register for the course on the BC Soccer website

The code for the clinic is "BDYSA-16"

There are significant rule changes for the upcoming year  and everyone needs to be aware of the changes prior to refereeing any games prior to or during the upcoming season.

If you are unable to attend then please ensure you take a refresher course elsewhere.

Regards,  Chris Cyr,  Head Referee RCYSC

2016-17 - Rule Changes
Posted Aug 4, 2016

Please click here to view important information from the 4 District for all referees that referee games within the jurisdiction of the 4District for the upcoming 2016/2017 Soccer season. You must be familiar with the rules of the competition prior to the start of the season. For all referees, there have been numerous changes to the Laws of the Game this year and if you have not taken your refresher course yet, you must make yourself aware of the changes prior to the start of the season. For the small sided referees the impact of the rule changes will vary but you should still be aware.

To be better prepared for both your Refresher Clinic and these games, please follow the links below to IFAB, which who works with FIFA to write the Laws of the Game. This link will help you in understanding the changes, there are many educational documents that you can review.. The IFAB also has a Facebook and Twitter account so you can also use your mobile devices to help in this process.!/home

Education Session
Posted Dec 1, 2015

Please note we will be having an education session for all referees on Monday Dec 14, 2015 at Centennial Community Centre Room 1 The evening will be divided into 2 sessions

  •     6-8pm:  Small sided Referees
  •     8-10pm:  Divisional Referees (entry level and up)

 All referees are invited to attend one or both sessions.

  • We will be having a few prizes and refreshments at each of the sessions.
  • Please bring pen, paper, yourself and a fellow referee.
  • Come out and meet your fellow referees and learn more about refereeing
  • Please respond to if you wish to come.
Field Closure Clarification

Over the past few weeks we have been experiencing several weather related closures of fields.

If you receive notification of a game cancellation prior to your game from the scheduler then you have nothing further to do.  If you do not, you are required to attend your game as scheduled. If there is any question as to the condition of the field the final decision as to playability comes from the referee.

In the case of rain and water issues, the standard rule of thumb is if there is standing water on the field the field is deemed not playable.  In the event there is not standing water then as part of your pregame duties you are to assess the field condition. If there are muddy areas that may pose a danger to player safety then the field again is not playable. Sometimes this is not always evident at the beginning of a game and you may be forced to cancel the game part way through. As always these decisions are deemed as protection of player safety.

In the case of cold or frost if there is surface frost on the field or slippery areas the field is deemed to be not playable. If the ground Is frozen the field is not playable. The ground may be frozen and there may be no surface frost. The ground can be deemed frozen if you are unable to easily dig the soil at least 1/2 “ deep from the surface with your finger.  Another way is the players running on the field makes a sound like players wearing cleats on concrete.  Again the decision to cancel the game is deemed as protection of player safety.

The criteria in both instances is applicable to the whole field. If any one area is affected then the entire field is deemed not playable.

In the matter of all weather related issues a 10:00 am game may not be playable yet an 11:30 am or 12:00 pm  game may be. You must show up as scheduled unless advised by the scheduler.

Lastly snow and fog:  Snow is generally considered an obvious situation but may occur in game. Where the start of the game is fine but it starts snowing during the game,  game play may continue until it is deemed a player safety issue and/or you are no longer able to see the field markings.

Less likely is fog.  Consideration for cancellation must be given as to visibility. If while standing in center you are unable to see either goal area or while standing on one sideline and you are unable to see across the field to the other sideline, the game must be at a minimum delayed until the fog lifts or cancelled if there is not enough time to delay  or the fog is not moving.

The guidelines are applicable to both grass and turf fields. Just because it is a turf field does not mean these issues cannot happen. A field condition check is a mandatory part  of your pregame checks when you arrive at the field

Please use your common sense when making these decisions. If you make the decision to cancel the game, you must inform both coaches and explain the reasons. You must inform your scheduler and you must inform the head referee as to your decision.


Mailing Address
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#291 - 720 Sixth Street
New Westminster, BC
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