What it's like to be an MLS referee ... a must watch

Check this link out in our education section.... definitely worth a watch !!!
(What its like to be an MLS referee)

KSRA General Meeting - Tuesday Apr 5 830pm KYSA Bldg

posted Mar 30, 2016, 7:31 PM by KSRA Secretary

The MONTHLY Meeting of the KSRA will be held this coming Tuesday April 5th 8:30pm at the KYSA Building.

We will start the meeting with EDUCATION we will do with all monthly meetings.
Topics for this month
2. Hand Ball

We will discuss the upcoming season and how to get yourself up and running on Scheduler.
See you all there !

Top Level Assistant Refereeing (Portland vs RealSalt Lake)

posted Mar 30, 2016, 7:21 PM by KSRA Secretary

Here's a recent posting on PROREFEREES.COM which focuses on a 5 minute span in a recent MLS game. In this short time the Assistant Referee is called upon several times to make complex and courageous decisions. This is great stuff, and all of it can just as easily happen at any of the levels in which we have ARs assigned.

RefTools and Events

posted Mar 12, 2016, 5:40 PM by KSRA Secretary

Check out a couple new pages on our website.

The RefTools page will provide a place where you can download Referee book pages, PreGame review, and links to some favourite vendors of referee clothing, whistles, flags, and other essential equipment

The EVENTS page is essentially the Agenda view of our calendar..which simply lists the big upcoming events in our local soccer community. 

Executive Minutes of 2016.01.25 posted in 'Minutes'

posted Feb 9, 2016, 10:00 PM by KSRA Secretary

See the posting of the KSRA Executive Meeting of this past Jan 25th.

EXECUTIVE MEETING- Monday January 25th 8pm

posted Jan 25, 2016, 1:03 PM by KSRA Secretary   [ updated Jan 25, 2016, 1:05 PM ]

EXECUTIVE MEETING - Monday January 25th 8pm


1. Refreshers/Small-Sided/Entry Level Courses

March 11, 12, 13 - Entry Level  <Shannon>
March 13 - Refresher  <Shannon>
April 9 -  Small Sided <Mario>
April 10 - 2 Refreshers <Shannon>
May 19 Refresher <Shannon>

2. KYSA Meeting Feedback (Meeting of Jan 17)

3. Update on League Executives / Contacts

4. Resources for the upcoming season

- who is returning ?

- we need to know if returnees are wanting to do more or less or the same number of games as last year

- with this we can project the number of new referees and ARs we will need for this season

5. Secretarial Duties

- communications sharing with Allocator (Fahrudin) ...process for filling late withdraws and notifications of cancelling

- potential use of TEXTING

6. Education Sessions

- topics of interest

7. League points of EMPHASIS for 2016

8. Discipline

9. Scheduler access

10. Events of the 2016 Season

11. contact lists (refs both small-sided and big-boys)

12. rates for leagues/levels

Referee Clinics 2016

posted Jan 21, 2016, 11:39 AM by KSRA Secretary

KSRA is holding 2 referee clinics this spring. 

Small Sided Clinic - April 9, 9am-2pm, KYSA Office McArthur Island
This clinic covers the basics of refereeing. Upon successful completion of this clinic, you will be certified to officiate small-sided matches (u8-u12).
Pre-requisite: Minimum 12 years old
Clinic Fee: $40.00 (plus $4.25 user fee / system processing fee) 
Register here: Search by Club/District, select KSRA, then follow the instructions. 

Entry Level Clinic - March 11 6pm-9pm, 12 9am-4pm, and 13 9am-2pm (must attend all three days), KYSA Office McArthur Island 
This clinic is suited for those who want to referee or assistant referee youth or higher. All current small-sided officials who are 14 years old are encouraged to attend. 
Pre-requisite: Minimum 14 years old
Clinic Fee: $125 (plus $4.25 user fee / system processing fee)
Register here: Search by Club/District, select KSRA, then follow the instructions. 

Information on refreshers for existing referees will be coming soon!


Annual General Meeting

posted Nov 6, 2015, 11:50 AM by KSRA Secretary

The Annual General Meeting is being planned for the end of November.
We are currently finalizing location and other details.
As soon as I have the details I will pass it along.

All KSRA members are encouraged to attend.
It's a great opportunity to see your fellow officials.
It is also the time to elect the KSRA executive.
All members 19 years + are encouraged to put their name forward.
The executive positions are 1 year terms and the following are in place:
Vice President
Small Side Allocator
Directors (3)

If you wish to stand for nomination you can:
* tell a current exec member to put your name forward
* be nominated at the meeting

On a personal note, I will not be running for Secretary this term. After 6 years it is time to pass the baton on. 

I will have more information on the AGM, stay tuned!

TOYSL information

posted Apr 22, 2015, 4:30 PM by KSRA Secretary

See below for important TOYSL information.

1) There is a slightly revised TOYSL game sheet we are using this year.
The main change is the addition of a discipline key.  Also, the referee’s e-mail is requested instead of the phone number.  (In case there are questions regarding the game.)  There is also an error on the game sheet.  Please do not use the e-mail at the top of the sheet.  Submit instead to (Located under quick links on the right hand side of site.)  District admin and managers have been asked to cross it out and place the correct website on the game sheets but a couple will be sure to be missed.

2) Submit an incident report within 24 hours if a card is given out during the game.  It is quite important.  TOYSL issues a discipline report to all districts on Tuesday following game weekends.  Districts need to deal with discipline issues before a player’s next game.  (We always have an accumulation of yellow cards for some players during the season that result in sitting out a game or on occasion a hearing and further suspension.)

3)  Do NOT submit game scores for U11/U12 development games.  Stats are not kept in that age group.

KSRA - early season update

posted Apr 20, 2015, 12:58 PM by KSRA Secretary

Hello fellow officials!

It's been a crazy last couple of weeks for the KSRA.

Training and education for existing refs, and onboarding a wave of new officials.



A small side new referee clinic was held on April 11 at the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) offices. Kamloops Soccer Referees Association (KSRA) President Mario Salituro instructed the clinic, and was assisted by Hailey Manke.


On April 11 and 12, two small side referee education sessions were held. Nearly 50 small side referees attended the 2 hour session. The sessions consisted of practical, on field training and by all accounts was well received. Sessions were conducted by myself.


April 11st saw the KSRA hold it's 3rd Referee Symposium. This years Symposium was lead by Darren Clark. Darren conducted two presentations - referee match considerations and AR. Special thanks to Claudio Klarich and Brian Flamank for their work arranging, coordinating and making this happen!


In addition to the small side field education sessions, the KSRA pioneered the use of online grassroots education. Small side officials were encouraged to complete a 13 question small side focused quiz. The goal is to provide a different method to communicate with and engage small side officials. To date, 65 quizzes have been submitted.


An Entry level clinic was held this past weekend with 23 people attending this new referee training. Welcome to the KSRA new refs!


KSRA Small side mentor co-ordinator Leah Flor is co-ordinating the mentoring of new small side refs. The goal is to provide every new small side ref at least one mentor session in their first year. Providing mentors to new small side refs has been shown to improve retention and improve the confidence of new small side officials. Thanks to Leah for her tireless work coordinating this!


Upcoming... watch for member meetings where further on-going education will be provided.


Thanks everyone for your hard work and dedication as officials!


Link to pictures:

Small Side Retreat Line

posted Apr 11, 2015, 12:51 PM by KSRA Secretary   [ updated Apr 11, 2015, 12:52 PM ]

NEW for small side is the RETREAT LINE.

The retreat line is used on the Goal kick, and the line is:
u8-u10: half way line
u11-12: 1/3 offside line

Retreat Line Procedure

The Retreat line (in ​the ​TOYSL ​U11 & U12 Development Leagues) comes into play when the ball has gone out for a goal kick. All opposing players will retreat to the offside line or offside indicator (cone or marker) which should already be in place. Opposing players may not pressure the ball until:

  1. The ball is received by a teammate of the individual taking the goal-kick ​(on their side of the retreat line) OR,

  2. The ball travels over the retreat line OR,

  3. The ball leaves the field of play

If a team taking the goal kick chooses to play quickly, they can. The ball will be in play as soon as it leaves the penalty area regardless of the opposing team’s position.

​Enforcement of the Rule​ for point 1

The opposing players are only permitted to move inside the "Retreat Line" once the ball has been touched by a teammate of the individual taking the goal-kick, OR if the Referee deems that the player has the ball "under control" for a period of 3 seconds, no touch will be required.  (​The 3 second rule avoids a situation where a coach advises his player to not touch in order to waste time.​​)​

If the opposing team encroaches across the retreat line before the ball is touched by a teammate of the individual taking the goal-kick then the referee stops the play and issues a retake of the goal-kick. If the opposing team repeatedly encroaches across the retreat line, an indirect free kick shall be awarded from the place where the offence occurred for not respecting the restart.

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