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Canada Soccer Referee Drew Fischer ready for VAR opportunity at FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™

Posted on 7 June 2019 in Referees

For the past four years, Canada Soccer National List Referee Drew Fischer has been on the FIFA List of Referees receiving appointments to tournaments such as the 2015 Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship, the 2015 Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, and the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup. This More

Canada Soccer referees appointed to inaugural Canadian Premier League match

Posted on 24 April 2019 in Referees

Canada Soccer has named the referee crew for the inaugural match of the Canadian Premier League between York9 FC and Forge FC at Hamilton, ON’s Tim Hortons Field Saturday 27 April 2019 at 1 p.m. ET. FIFA Referee Dave Gantar will be the referee with FIFA Assistant Referee Phil Brière and More

Canada Soccer takes leadership role in IFAB Laws of the Game updates

Posted on 15 March 2019 in Referees

Canada Soccer is leading the way in adopting international norms as well as continuing to develop professionals for international and domestic opportunities.With the release of the revisions to Laws of the Games for 2019/20 and Canada Soccer has secured permission from The IFAB to implement the revi More

Canada Soccer hosts 2019 National Referee Camp

Posted on 22 February 2019 in Referees

Canada Soccer will host 56 referees at a pre-season camp in Bradenton, Florida, from 22-24 February. The camp is an annual milestone for National Referees as Canada Soccer prepares to kick off the professional season which, in 2019, will include Canadian Premier League matches for the first time. Am More

Decorated Canada Soccer Referee Joe Fletcher retires from active duty

Posted on 14 January 2019 in Referees

After a storied 25-year career as a respected FIFA and Canada Soccer Assistant Referee, Niagara native Joe Fletcher will no longer be visible on the touchline. Fletcher received his National Badge in 2005 and joined the FIFA List of Assistant Referees in 2007. He was the recipient of the Ray Morgan More

Seventeen Canadian Match Officials named to FIFA International Referees List

Posted on 2 January 2019 in Referees

Canada Soccer has placed 17 of its match officials to the FIFA International Referee List in 2019. With veteran referees Joe Fletcher and Daniel Belleau retiring from International duty, two new appointees round out the match officials named. They include Referee Myriam Marcotte, and Assistant Refer More

Canada Soccer referees complete Concacaf’s Program of Referee Excellence

Posted on 18 November 2018 in Referees

BC Soccer’s Carly Shaw-Maclaren and Ontario Soccer’s Filip Dujic were part of Concacaf’s Program of Referee Excellence (PORE) graduation ceremonies on 16 November in Bradenton, Florida.The two recently completed the second of two three-week sessions in which they received intensive More

Young Canadian referees participate in Concacaf program at Under-20 Championship

Posted on 7 November 2018 in Referees

Canadian referees Carly Shaw-Maclaren from British Columbia and Filip Dujic from Ontario attended the Concacaf Under-20 Championship in Bradenton, Florida. Their attendance is the second part of the Concacaf Program of Referee Excellence (PORE) which gives them an opportunity to be part of the refer More

Canada Soccer’s Joe Fletcher prepares for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

Posted on 30 May 2018 in Referees

In the four years since receiving his first appointment to a FIFA World Cup™, Canada Soccer Assistant Referee Joe Fletcher has been busy. Fletcher, who was appointed to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, returns to the competition after a successful cycle that included appointments to the More

Two young Canadian match officials selected to Concacaf’s referee development program

Posted on 10 April 2018 in Referees

Canada Soccer is proud to have two budding match officials attend the Program of Referee Excellence (PORE), a partnership between Concacaf and the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación (FEMEXFUT). Carly Shaw-MacLaren and Filip Dujic will attend two three-week sessions beginni More

Twenty-five Canada Soccer Referee Assessors complete annual camp in Vaughan, ON

Posted on 20 March 2018 in Referees

Canada Soccer held its annual Referee Assessors camp in Vaughan, ON 17-20 March. With an emphasis on promoting practical refereeing in the game, Canada Soccer’s Manager, Referees, Isaac Raymond said the clinic is vital to providing guidance to the assessors who are trusted with the responsibil More

Canada Soccer completes National Referee Camp in Ottawa

Posted on 6 March 2018 in Referees

Canada Soccer held its National Referee Camp in Ottawa 16-18 February 2018. In addition to fitness testing, and classroom instruction to prepare the group for the upcoming season, referees received technical instruction and direction for refereeing in Canada's top leagues in 2018. In ad More

Canada Soccer completes its National Referees List

Posted on 13 December 2017 in Referees

Canada Soccer has named 25 match officials to its 2018 National Referees List. They will join the 17 previously named to the FIFA International Referees List at a camp in Ottawa in February 2018 where they will receive competency training and fitness testing before being confirmed to the list for th More

Seventeen Canadian Match Officials named to FIFA International Referees List

Posted on 5 December 2017 in Referees

Canada Soccer is pleased to announce the appointment of 17 of its match officials to the FIFA International Referee List including five new additions for 2018. There are 12 returning match officials and one retirement for the upcoming season. In addition, Canada Soccer places three candidates for th More

Canadian referees prepare for a busy 2018

Posted on 30 October 2017 in Referees

Canadian FIFA Referee Carol Anne Chenard and FIFA Assistant Referees Marie-Han Gagnon-Chretien and Chantal Boudreau attended the CONCACAF Women's Elite Course in San José, Costa Rica from October 19-22. The focus during this course was on physical fitness and technical training involving ses More

Fletcher appointed for pivotal World Cup Qualifier

Posted on 27 October 2017 in Referees

Canadian FIFA List Assistant Referee Joe Fletcher has been named to the officiating crew for the pivotal inter-confederation playoff match More

Lifelong learning key to Canada Soccer Referee Instructors

Posted on 25 October 2017 in Referees

A group of Canada Soccer’s top referee instructors and assessors recently attended courses intended to provide them with the tools to educate our nation’s top officials. In September at the FIFA Futuro III Course in Montego Bay, Jamaica six Canadians joined more than 30 technical instru More

Canada Games provides young match officials a proving ground

Posted on 9 August 2017 in Referees

Eighteen young female match officials were selected to officiate the tournament More

Canada Soccer completes National Referee Assessor Clinic

Posted on 24 March 2017 in Referees

Canada Soccer’s National Referee Assessor Clinic was held March 17-19 in Toronto More

Three retiring international referees honoured during National Referees Camp

Posted on 14 February 2017 in Referees

Canada Soccer held its annual National Referee Camp in Toronto 10-12 Feb More

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For the past four years, Canada Soccer National List Referee Drew Fischer has been on the FIFA List of Referees receiving appointments to tournaments such as the 2015 Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship, the 2015 Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, and the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup. This summer, he will be a member of the first-ever Video Assistant Referee crew at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. Fischer, who will join Canada Soccer Referee Marie-Soleil Beaudoin, and Assistant Referee Chantal Boudreau in France, reflected on his career thus far ahead of his appointment.


Q: Canada Soccer is in the midst of a golden generation of referees. What do you think it is about Canadians that makes for good match officials?

Drew Fischer: Canada has always had a strong program of development that has led to some notable successes. In recent years (say, the past 10), I think that expanded involvement in MLS was originally a big boost – more officials getting more top level games and with greater frequency. And now with the addition of the CPL, that should only get better. We now have more than 250 professional games to be played in Canada this year. That is more than I can remember at any point in my career. That is a huge developmental boost for the referee program, just as it is for the players. Within the women’s program, the success of the national team also contributes to more officials seeing top level competition.

Q: The growth of the women’s game in the past 30 years has been monumental including the success of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. What does it mean to be appointed to a tournament that has done so much for female athletes internationally?

DF: Being a part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup is a tremendous honour. It’s an opportunity to work on the biggest stage with a group of outstanding officials from around the world.

Q: When did you first know that there was potential for you to reach the FIFA List?

DF: From the time you get a National badge, everyone hopes that FIFA is a possibility. When I started to work regularly in MLS, it became more of a real possibility for me to reach that list. Nothing is ever guaranteed, and there are always obstacles and challenges, but there was a path laid out for me at that point.

Q: You’ve been a FIFA List referee for five years. What’s the hardest part about living the life of an international referee?

DF: This is my 5th year as a FIFA referee. The hardest part is also in some ways the best part – the travel. Doing this job means a lot of time away from home and away from family. The rewards are worth it – the experiences and opportunities that it has provided me have been invaluable. But it can still be hard to be away as much as we are.

Q: Before leaving for Russia, Joe Fletcher said that the hardest part about being in the VAR both is the silence. What’s your biggest concern going to a tournament knowing you’ll be away from the action, making decisions that could potentially affect the outcome of a game?

DF: I’m going to disagree with Joe a little bit here! The silence is unusual – it’s obviously very different from being in the middle of a stadium – but it isn’t necessarily harder for me. There is a pressure that comes from being a VAR – namely that the expectation from the world is perfection (in a way that isn’t exactly true as a referee). While that probably isn’t always achievable, our goal is to get as close as possible. So there is a challenge that comes with that. All of that said, as a referee or an assistant referee, we make decisions every game that potentially affect the outcome of a game. This is no different in that regard. We rely on our knowledge, experience and training, and use that to make the best possible decisions.

Canada Soccer has named the referee crew for the inaugural match of the Canadian Premier League between York9 FC and Forge FC at Hamilton, ON’s Tim Hortons Field Saturday 27 April 2019 at 1 p.m. ET. FIFA Referee Dave Gantar will be the referee with FIFA Assistant Referee Phil Brière and Canada Soccer National List Assistant Referee Peter Pendli as assistants and Canada Soccer National List Referee Yusri Rudolf as the Fourth Official.

As announced previously, Canada Soccer has secured permission from The IFAB to implement the revised Laws of the Game for the start of the 2019 Canada Soccer Canadian Championship and the 2019 Canadian Premier League.

Ahead of the kickoff of the league, Canada Soccer’s referee department spent time with each of the Canadian Premier League clubs to prepare them for the upcoming season and the interpretation of the new IFAB Laws.

Canada Soccer is responsible for the development and training of match officials for amateur and professional competitions in Canada. In partnership with our Provincial and Territorial Associations and sanctioned professional leagues, Canada Soccer provides development and training opportunities to advance to the national list of referees and nominations to the FIFA list.

 

Canada Soccer is leading the way in adopting international norms as well as continuing to develop professionals for international and domestic opportunities.

With the release of the revisions to Laws of the Games for 2019/20 and Canada Soccer has secured permission from The IFAB to implement the revised Laws for the start of the 2019 Canada Soccer Canadian Championship and the 2019 Canadian Premier League.

Isaac Raymond, Canada Soccer Referee Manager, provides an insight on what this means, what fans can expect to see that is different, and how Canada Soccer’s National List of Referees and NextGen referees will apply the law amendments from the opening games of the CPL season.

“The purpose of the changes is to enhance the look of the game,” Raymond said. “The Laws had a comprehensive rewrite in 2016, and these latest changes build on them to further enhance the game.”

Continuing on from the 2019 National Referee Pre-season Camp these changes will be rolled out to the national program in preparation for the kick-off to the Canadian Premier League and Canadian Championship seasons. For Provincial and local leagues, the laws will come into effect at the start of the 2020 season.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What will happen when a substitute takes place?


Traditionally we have seen a player come over to the half way line and cross with an oncoming substitute. To stop a player who is being substituted from ‘wasting’ time by leaving slowly at the halfway line (which is not a Law requirement) the player must now leave the field at the nearest point unless the referee indicates otherwise.

What about cards to the occupants of the technical area?

Previously, when a member of the coaching staff behaves irresponsibly the referee has either warned or sent off from the offender and it was often not clear to spectators who has been warned. Now, the referee will show a yellow card to warn that person, or a red card to send them from the technical area. Where an offender cannot be identified the Head Coach or senior coach present will receive the sanction.

What now constitutes as a handball?


The law more clearly defines when an offence of handball is committed. For example, the law now clearly states that if a ball touches an arm when above the shoulder it is a handball offence.

What happens when the ball hits a referee?

If the referee gets in the way of the ball and creates an attack for the opposing team, the referee can now stop the play and restart with a dropped ball.

What is going to happen with attacking players who cause problems in the defensive ‘wall’?

If there are at least three defenders in the defensive wall then all attacking players cannot be within one metre of the wall. If a player is, after the free-kick has been taken then the play stops and the ball is awarded to the opposing team.

What goalkeeper Law changes were made?


For goal kicks or free kicks within a team’s own penalty area the ball is in play as soon as it is kicked and no longer has to leave the penalty area to be in play.

What is the dropped ball procedure?

The referee will drop the ball back to the last team who had possession when the play was stopped, eliminating contested dropped balls.
 

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