All THPFC house league match officials must be certified by Ontario Soccer. You must be at least 12 years old to become certified.
THPFC is committed to a policy of zero tolerance for match official abuse. This policy has created a positive environment that has essentially eliminated serious incidents that are common in other clubs.
U06 to U08
Game Leaders will be assigned for all U06 to U08 games and will be led by 14 to 18 year old match officials. Until recently, they have been certified referees. However, Ontario Soccer has made it mandatory that all clubs move towards using Game Leaders at the U06 to U08 age groups. Many clubs opted to expect its coaches to take on this role, thus adding to the coach’s responsibilities and taking them away from the sidelines. At Toronto High Park FC, we will have 14 to 18 year olds assigned to take on this role so that our volunteer coaches can stay on the sidelines and manage their teams. The intent is that the two coaches and the Game Leader would join forces to encourage a safe and fun environment for the children. The reason for using young people is also that it would instill the value of using their voice on the field, as many of them will progress to becoming higher level accredited referees.
We will not assign university-aged students or senior referees for these games. We will have trained our Game Leaders thoroughly with an online certification and in-class attendance, and supplied mentors to the fields to spot weaknesses and encourage them as they gain confidence in their role as game leaders within the U06, U07 and U08 age groups.
For more information, please check out Ontario Soccer's Game Leader web page.
U09 to U10
Referees for small-sided soccer (from U09 to U10) can be 12 or 13 years old (as of the March 31st prior to the start of season) if they have completed Ontario Soccer's Small-sided Soccer Referee Course.
U11 and up
Referees for Youth Soccer (U11 to U18) and Adult Soccer (Men’s and Women’s) must be 14 or older (as of the March 31st prior to the start of the season) and have passed Ontario Soccer's Entry-level Referee course. In addition, they must renew their standing with Ontario Soccer annually. These referees may also referee Small-sided Soccer (up to U10).
Indoor House League (all ages)
Referees for Indoor Soccer must be at least 12 years old and have completed Ontario Soccer's Small-sided Soccer Referee course or the Entry;-level Referee course, and be in good standing with Ontario Soccer.
You do not have to take a THPFC-hosted or TSA-hosted course to referee for THPFC. You may take a course hosted by any soccer club in Ontario which is registered with Ontario Soccer. Please click here for more details.
Returning referees must renew their Ontario Soccer certification annually. Please click here for more details.
THPFC, in association with Umbro, is pleased to make available quality referee gear at low cost. This gear is available to THPFC referees at the Club's official retailer, Free Kick, 850 The Queensway.
THPFC's competitive (Rep) teams play in a number of leagues, including the Toronto Soccer Association's Youth Development Soccer League, the Toronto District Youth Soccer League, the Central Soccer League and the Ontario Soccer League. Referees for these games are assigned by the respective leagues. Those who wish to referee at this level should contact the respective leagues directly. Higher levels of certification may be required to officiate competitive soccer.