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Is your Child, or are you, interested in becoming an accredited Ontario Soccer Match Offical?  

Every year, more and more youth and adults are interested in taking up Refereeing either as a hobby or side job for the Soccer season.  Clinics become available every Spring and usually have an in-class and on-field component.  

This webpage and the subpages in the drop-down menu have been designed to become an ever-growing resource to assist those interested in pursuing officiating, and those who would like to know more about the rules involved with the game of Soccer in Ontario.

Hopefully, this helps to create a new pathway in the opportunities with the game of Soccer or helps you to better understand the game of Soccer!

To see what Ontario Soccer Clinics are all about, you can visit the "Match Officials" section of the Ontario Soccer Website or visit our "Certification" page within our website for greater details and what upcoming Clinics NFSC is offering.


2022 Ontario Soccer Match Official/Referee Clinics and Registration Now Open!

Since COVID -19, Ontario Soccer has altered the way they will be conducting the Match Official/Referee Clinics.  They will now be done with an online portion followed up with an on-field portion to follow. 

For more information on the Match Official Courses, Dates and Registration, check out our Certification page!

Click here to see the Ontario Soccer Bulletin that was put out on Monday, January 24th, 2022 regarding Match Official Accreditation Clinics and Annual Registration.

 

 

Ontario Soccer offers two referee certification courses:

Course Student Age Requirement Game Type Offside
Entry Level 14 as of March 31 of the current year 9 v 9 and 11 v 11 Yes
Small Sided 12 as of March 31 of the current year 5 v 5 and 7 v 7 No

For more information on Refereeing within NFSC or any questions about Refereeing in general, please contact

Gary Flanagan

Phone: 905 246 6502

NIAGARA FC OPDL Players Headed to Provincials!

By Christina Stranges 04/08/2022, 2:45pm EDT

We are excited to announce that 2 of our NIAGARA FC OPDL Players who attended the Ontario Soccer Provincial Xcel Program Trials last month were chosen for the 2022 Provincial Teams!

Ava DeChellis who formerly hails from Welland Soccer Club is an amazing athlete and Midfielder! She joined NIAGARA FC OPDL in its inaugural year (2021) here in Niagara with Coach Joseph Lamberti and the U13 Girls team.  Ava will be playing on the Ontario Soccer Provincial U14 Girls team who will be competing in the Provincial Xcel All-Star Competition weekend at the end of April.  Ava will continue to play with her NIAGARA FC OPDL U14 team throughout the 2022 season and we can't wait to watch her continue to grow and develop this season!

 Matthew Bogusat who previously played with St. Catharines Club Roma Wolves NRSP team also joined NIAGARA FC OPDL in its first year of 2021 with the U15 Boys team with Coach Carlos Rivas.  He is a strong Left Back who makes an impact when he is on the field.  He will be part of the U16 Boys Provincial team which will attend the Preparatory weekend after Easter and then go on to the 2022 Inter-Provincial Competition being held in Quebec at the end of April.

Overall, after the first year within the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) 11 NIAGARA FC players were selected to attend the Ontario Soccer Provincial Xcel Trials.  This is quite an achievement and it is through a collaborative process that these players are selected.  All players from NIAGARA FC who participated in the Ontario Provincial Screening Competition process are thanked for their efforts and congratulated for representing the Niagara Region so well!  These players will continue on with their NIAGARA FC OPDL teams in the 2022 season and will hopefully be selected to attend trials once again next year!

Honourable Mentions;

U13 (2008) Girls - Caileigh Tiller, Chelsea Tiller, Sophie Costantini

U13 (2008) Boys - Jonah Bello, Jack Mc Pherson, Barron Walker, Miguel Pineros

U15 (2006) Boys - Reney Merone, Wael Ghrer

To see the complete list of the 2022 Provincial Xcel Teams, click here.

Another weekend and another 4 of  NFSC - NIAGARA FC OPDL's players from the 2008 Boys team will be attending the Ontario Soccer Provincial XCEL Trials in Toronto at BMO Field!

Jack McPherson, Jonah Bello, Barron Walker, and Miguel Pineros  have been selected to attend the Ontario Soccer PROVINCIAL XCEL Trials being held on Sunday, March 13th. 

The Ontario Provincial Development League (OPDL) is one of the primary programs in which potential Provincial Team players are identified. 20 players for each age and gender division will be selected over the course of the next few weeks. 

Jonah, Jack, Miguel, and Barron, along with the other 7 NIAGARA FC players who attended the Trials in the previous weekends, will await notification which will come in April.  Selected players will continue to participate in the PROVINCIAL XCEL Prepatory weekends which will commence at the end of April.  Within these events, Canada Soccer's National Team Staff will be in attendance to identify players for their NATIONAL EXCEL Programs! 

These boys have worked hard throughout the 2021 season and earned their spot for this amazing opportunity!  We are so glad to be able to provide this pathway for them and all the players via the OPDL Program and St. Catharines Club Roma Soccer Club's League 1 here in Niagara!

Good Luck again to all!!  GO NIAGARA GO!!!

This weekend three of NFSC - NIAGARA FC OPDL Players were selected to attend the Ontario Soccer PROVINCIAL XCEL Trials in Toronto.   Matthew Bogusat, Reney Merone, and Wael Ghrer attended the Provincial Screening Competition this weekend for the 2006 Boys at the BMO Training Grounds.

The Ontario Provincial Development League (OPDL) is one of the primary programs in which potential Provincial Team players are identified.   22 players for each age and gender divisions will be selected over the course of the next few weeks. 

Matthew, Reney, and Wael will now await notification which will come in April.  Selected players will continue to participate in the PROVINCIAL XCEL Prepatory weekends which will commence at the end of April.  Within these events, Canada Soccer's National Team Staff will be in attendance to identify players for their NATIONAL EXCEL Programs! 

For the NFCS - NIAGARA FC Boys, this was just possibly the first of many amazing opportunities for these boys within Niagara.  We are so glad to be able to provide this pathway for them and all the players via the OPDL Program and St. Catharines Club Roma Soccer Club's League 1 here in Niagara!

Up next 2008 Girls and 2008 Boys - Names to be released shortly!!


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