NEW Assessment Process


NEW OSA Process for Upgrading and Maintenance Assessments

Last night, at our TSRA pre-season meeting, OSA Manager of Officials Nicky Pearson, along with  Tony Camacho made mention of the new process by which referees will be getting assessments starting this year.


Here is the “Cole’s Notes” breakdown:

  1. Make sure you have enough credits within RefCentre by May 30 (Upgrading) or June 30 (Maintenance)
  2. OSA will assign assessors to your games automatically as needed, via RefCentre (no longer accepting requests for assessment)
  3. As long as you have a qualifying game assigned to you in RefCentre, the OSA will be able to assign an assessor for that match
  4. OSA’s goal is to have most assessments completed as early as possible in order to get them out of the way.
  5. Once you have completed and passed all the necessary assessments, and if you still have remaining credits in RefCentre, please email Lyndon Hooper ( and ask for a refund.
  6. If you DO NOT request the refund, your credits will roll into the next year however, you do run the risk of having another, unnecessary assessor assigned to a match because as long as you have credits in your account, your name will show up on the OSA’s list.  If this happens, the OSA will not refund your money.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Lyndon Hooper ( or Nicky Pearson (

2016 TSRA Pre-Season Meeting



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Hello Everyone!

The weather has finally turned and the season is just about upon us (and has already started for some of you). As such the TSA and TSRA are jointly hosting a…

Pre-Season General Meeting:

Date: Thursday, May 05, 2015
Time & Location:
Doors and Registration at 7:00pm
Meeting starts promptly at 7:30pm
York Civic Centre,  2700 Eglinton Ave. West.

This meeting is open to all TSA referees.
You are STRONGLY encouraged to attend as you will receive valuable information for your season.
Information will be supplied such as assignors, coaches, league rules, how to use E2E, and an opportunity to introduce yourself to other referees in the district.

Speakers include:
– Amato Deluca (FIFA, PRO/MLS, TSA RDC)
– Nicky Pearson (OSA Manager of Officials)
– Tony Camacho (National Instructor/Assessor)
– Renato DeCosta (NYSA DRC)
– Alan Gould (TSA Executive Director)
– Armando Periera (Provincial Instructor)
-TSA Assignors

All new and returning TSRA members will be given a new
CSA Referee Badge,

Your copy of 2015/16 Laws of The Game will be available at this meeting, as well as by going to the TSA office (2700 Dufferin Street, Toronto) where you should see Riccardo. Go to the TSA website for hours of operation.

We will have 2016 Membership Forms on-hand so you’ll be able to register or renew your membership for this year.
Please bring your chequebook or cash. Receipts will be given.

We hope to see you there.

TSRA Executive

TSRA Casino Rama Trip

Dear Referee and Soccer Official,


On Sunday, May 1, 2016 the TSRA has organized an exclusive bus trip, with many extra goodies included to Casino Rama.

This trip will include refreshments and door prizes for the ride up, and $15 of casino slot play money applied to your Player’s Card by the casino. A seat on the bus and all of this is included in your ticket price. Every dollar raised will go into the Referees Have Heart campaign to buy and place life-saving defibrillators at Toronto soccer fields.

You need to be at least 19 years old and bring Ontario proof of age with you on the bus on May 1st.

If you would like to go, contact a member of your TSRA Executive Committee today.

Click HERE for more details!


NEW – FIFA Laws of the Game 2016/17 Now Available!


FIFA Laws of the Game 2016-2017

In a ground-breaking move, the FIFA Laws of the Game is out earlier than ever before; April 13th.

Why you ask?

Great question. These will change the way we think about the game. Simply because it isn’t real until it’s on paper. That day is today.

There is simply far too much to be able to summarize the changes, but some changes will mean adapting to these changes effective next year.
Although we must wait for the CSA, and in turn the OSA to send out official word on the new text, we are providing it to you here so that you can be pro-active and get a head start on what’s to come next season.

Direct link:

“Summary of Changes” (65 pages):

IFAB Website:


Extremely Important – In Canada, and specifically Ontario, the changes to LOTG will not take effect until the next outdoor season, April 1, 2017.  Please wait for official word from CSA and OSA.


Panel Discussion and NEW Discussion Forum


The next TSRA Education Session is going to be a special one.  We have arranged to have an open panel discussion/round table with top soccer referees, instructors, and assessors.  In order to accommodate all your questions, TSRA has recently set up an online discussion forum where you can post all your questions for the session tomorrow.  Alternatively, you may also send any questions to


Thursday, April 14, 2016
York Civic Centre
2700 Eglinton Ave. W

Doors @ 7:00 pm
Sessions Starts promptly at 7:30 pm

The new TSRA Forum can be seen HERE
Please register as a new user in order to see all the available discussion boards.
Once registered and logged in, please go to Education Sessions, and then Panel Discussion and reply with your questions.

Thanks and see you all there!

TSRA executive Committee

Toronto Fitness Test Dates

District Level Referees (Grade 6 and below) who wish to upgrade to Level 7 or Level 8 are required to meet  the “District Fitness Standard” for their target grade as part of the upgrade process. Referees who have previously attained Level 7 or Level 8 are also required to meet this standard in order to maintain their grading.

In order to assist referees from within the TSA (and beyond), the Toronto Soccer Association will offer the BEEP TEST.

Beep Test event details

Venue: Northern Secondary School, 851 Mt. Pleasant Rd, Toronto

Choice of Dates:

April 16

May 7

May 14

Time: 9.00am- 12 noon.

Beep Test Registration Process

  • Access your profile in Ref Centre
  • Click “Fitness”, and then “Fitness Tests”
  • Select the test date/ venue you require and click “Register” twice
  • You will receive an automated confirmation
  • If you have selected a TSA hosted Fitness Test you will receive a follow up email a few days prior to your test date with information relevant to your testing.

Should you have any questions regarding the District Fitness Test or standard, please email our Referee Development Coordinator Amato de Luca:

Change of Venue for Education Session


Due to a prior booking at York Civic Centre, and the recent vandalism at Etobicoke Civic Centre, tomorrow’s education session has been moved to Carmine Stefano Community Centre.

Thursday, March 31 @ 7:00 pm
– Positioning: Achieving the Optimum Viewing Angle


**NOTE – This session will be held at Carmine Stefano CC

3100 Weston Road (corner Sheppard Ave)
Second floor meeting room
Doors open at 6:30pm – sign in.
Education to start at 7:00pm sharp

Don’t miss this opportunity to get top level instruction from Canada’s top instructor and assessor.

TSRA Executive


NEW Changes to LOTG

Former Premier League referee David Elleray with a copy of the Laws of the Game 2016/17

The 130th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The International Football Association Board (IFAB) took place on Saturday 5 March, which highlighted all the latest updates and exclusive content from Cardiff.

Several hot topic issues such as video assistance for match officials, assessing ‘triple punishment’ and ‘sin bins’ were discussed.

Also, some key changes to the Laws of the Game (LOTG) were proposed and accepted.

David Elleray was the perfect figure to lead the team tasked with making the Laws of the Game more accessible, concise and clear by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), after he refereed with distinction at the top level of the English game for over a decade.

The most significant alterations to the Laws?
In a way, the change to ‘triple punishment’ is part of the revision but others include; a player who is injured by a yellow or red card foul can have quick treatment and not have to leave the field of play because that seemed unfair. Where a foul occurs off the field of play, as part of play, that is restarted with a free kick and not a drop ball. Also, trying to stop unfairness with penalty kicks, a stronger punishment if the kicker doesn’t behave correctly, whether he scores or not it will always be a free kick. If the goalkeeper moves early and the kicker doesn’t score it will be a retake but also a yellow card for the goalkeeper.

Changes will be available online in May ( and the whole book and each individual Law will be available for download.

To read more about the changes, and their effects on the LOTG, click HERE

NOTE – In Canada, the changes to LOTG will not take effect until the next outdoor season, April 1, 2017

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