Referee registration in 2021 will be handled by the NLSA referee committee. Newly qualified referees will be automatically registered with the NLSA for the current year.
The NLSA registration year runs from July 1st to June 30th. Officials must register directly via the on-line form available here to be eligible to officiate in NLSA sanctioned games. Referee registration is open, and all referees should register prior to officiating in their first outdoor game of the season.
Please note that leagues/ clubs and associations may be fined if they use an unregistered or unqualified official to referee games. The NLSA maintains an up to date list of registered officials. If any club or individual requires access to this list to check registration status of officials contact the NLSA office.
All referees have to complete a compulsory short refresher test as part of their registration. There are separate refresher tests, one for district referees and above, and one for those who are only qualified as small-sided referees.
Clubs or regions who would prefer to submit a group registration using a spreadsheet should contact the registrar or NLSA office but should be aware that the refresher test must be completed before a referee is registered.
Please register using the form below
Note: for a registration to be accepted, officials must have been previously registered with the NLSA in the last two years. If the official has not registered with the NLSA, the following applies:-
If you choose not to re-register as an NLSA referee, then as per Canada Soccer regulations, after two years your referee qualification expires. For example, if you first qualified in 2011, but you were not registered in 2019 or 2020, then you would need to apply to the referee committee and follow the required procedures in order to register as a referee in 2021. Canada Soccer have indicated however, that if a referee did not register in 2020 or 2021 specifically due to COVID related issues, then the qualification can be extended if the referee demonstrates they are familiar with the current Laws.
To re-certify as a referee, the referee committee will apply the following guidelines. The registration database contains records going back to 2011. Any referee who wishes to re-certify and who last registered prior to 2011 must produce evidence of taking and passing referee courses. If they cannot provide such documentation, they must take a full entry level or small-sided course.
For referees who registered at some point from 2011 onwards, or registered prior to 2011 and can produce evidence of passing a course, the following guidelines apply:-
- Referees who have previously been upgraded to regional or provincial level and have been registered since 2011 can re-register if they attend a professional development day, a Laws of the Game refresher, or otherwise demonstrate to the committee that they are familiar with changes in the Laws of the Game.
- District referees with at least two years officiating experience of 11/side soccer can re-register on successful completion of the Entry Level exam.
- All others must re-take the Entry Level or Small-Sided course.