Referee - General
A Referee Refresher Course will be held - Online this season.
Referee Coordinator Email Address - Refereefirstname.lastname@example.org
Rainouts, Lightning, and Air Quality
The City of Fort Saskatchewan determines when soccer fields are open. During heavy or prolonged rain, play is not allowed on the fields.
Please refer to the "Rain Out Numbers" tab for City of Fort Saskatchewan rainout information.
If conditions are too wet/dangerous and the city has indicated the fields are closed, you are not responsible for showing up at the game, and you will not be paid for it.
In some cases, heavy rain or lightning can occur after 4:00 p.m. In this case only the referee can cancel the game. If you deem the fields unsafe due to heavy rain or lightning, you have the responsibility to cancel the game and give proper guidance to all teams and spectators.
Heavy Rain - Generally, this is not an issue and typically, you’ll have to “tough it out” so to speak. However, if there is standing water on certain portions of the field, the ball barely moves when on the ground, and things of that sort, it is acceptable to call the game
Lightning - It is imperative that you follow Alberta Soccer/Canada Soccer guidelines when it comes to lightning. For evening games, this will likely mean that the game will be cancelled outright due to team travel, school/work the next day, and so forth. The team officials from both teams will have to agree to cancel the game outright as opposed to waiting for the storm to pass.
Air Quality - In recent years, air quality has become a concern. Games have been cancelled due to poor air quality resulting from forest fires. Much like with lightning, it is imperative you follow the guidelines below.
Cancelled games will usually have new referee assignments.
You will be scheduled according to the dates that you indicate you are available.
If You Cannot Make it to Your Assigned Game
What to Wear
Referees and Assistant Referees are expected to dress appropriately at all games, see below for equipment. Referee Jerseys must be worn over coats/sweaters (not under). Community League referees may wear black track pants in cold weather if desired.
What if You Have a Problem?
If you have a serious problem with a coach, player or spectator, it is important that you make note of the situation as soon as you are able to. Put your concerns down in writing, with as much detail as possible, and email it to both the Referee Coordinator and the email@example.com or bring it to the Minor Sports Association office at your earliest opportunity. Fort Saskatchewan Outdoor Soccer will then be better able to deal with the issue, and get it resolved quickly. We do not tolerate abusive behavior towards referees.
How You Get Paid
Referees are paid once a month for indoor and bi-weekly for outdoor. Payment is based on the game sheets in the outdoor season and an electronic form in the indoor season. Cheques will be mailed to you. You are not paid for games that are subject to field closures by the City of Fort Saskatchewan (follow the rainout information to avoid showing up to a game you won’t be paid for!). However, games that are cancelled by you due to lightning, poor air quality, or heavy rain, are still compensated.