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Mentor Program

Please note that due to the impact of Covid-19 the Mentor Accreditation Program is delayed until further notice.

How to Host a Clinic

The outline of the Mentor Protocol illustrates the components of the Mentor Program and steps to host an accreditation clinic. It is based on the enhancements that are specifically tailored to mentoring Club Match Officials within the first three years of their officiating career. 

This Mentor program is the official Mentor Program, and the only program recognized by Ontario Soccer for mentorship of Match Officials across Ontario. The goals of the Mentor Program are to:

  • Encourage and support Match Officials
  • Promote peer-to-peer mentorship
  • Provide education 
  • Promote enjoyment and retention rates
  • Promote Scouting and Upgrading opportunities

To find out more, click the document below.

How to Become a Mentor!

Looking to teach and give back to other Match Officials in your community? In 2018, Ontario Soccer enhanced the Mentor Accreditation program to help standardize how we guide Match Officials through games. 

NOTE: All Mentors accredited under the previous mentorship program must re-accredit under this new program in order to continue mentoring. Individuals who apply to the Mentor clinic must be a current registered Match Official in good standing, meet the Mentor Level Requirements, and have received prior approval from their Club Head Referee. 

To learn more about how to become an accredited Mentor, click the document below.

2019 Mentor Clinic Distribution

As a component of Trillium Funding, Ontario Soccer will be providing 25 complimentary Mentor Accreditation Clinics across the province. Each District is allotted an amount of complimentary clinics. Contact your District Referee Coordinator to find out more.

District Allocation
Durham Region Soccer Association (DRSA)


East Central Ontario Soccer Association (ECOSA) 1
Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association (EODSA) 2
Elgin Middlesex Soccer Association (EMSA) 1
Essex County Soccer Association (ECSA) 1
Hamilton & District Soccer Association (HamDSA) 1
Huronia District Soccer Association (HDSA) 1
Lambton Kent Soccer Association (LKSA) 1
Niagara Soccer Association (NSA) 1
North York Soccer Association (NYSA) 1
Peel Halton Soccer Association (PHSA) 2
Sault Amateur Soccer Association (SASA) 1
Scarborough Soccer Association (SSA) 1
Soccer North District Association (SN) 1
Soccer Northeastern Ontario District Soccer Association (SNE) 1
Soccer Northwest Association (SNW) 1
Southeast Ontario Soccer Association (SOSA) 1
Southwest Regional Soccer Association (SWRSA) 2
Sudbury Regional Soccer Association (SRSA) 1
Toronto Soccer Association (TSA) 1
York Region Soccer Association (YRSA) 2



Approximately 40% of Match Officials do not return on an annual basis. One of the top 3 reasons referees did not return or considered not returning were due to lack of access to games, lack of support or mentorship and abuse and dissent. The outline of the program is specifically tailored to mentor Match Officials within the first 3 years of their officiating career.

In 2018, the Match Officials Development Program researched and revamped the material to enhance and revitalize the current Match Officials Mentor Program. Over the course of the 2018 outdoor season, the Match Officials department accredited 30 Mentors under the new Mentor Program. With these new Mentors, the Match Officials department was able to run a pilot program across the province. The new material enabled our Mentors, Mentees, Clubs, Districts and Provincial governing body to capture data, development areas and strengths for over 200 Match Officials. This data offered a new opportunity to magnify development areas in a structured format to help build education material for Match Officials across the province.

The data is broken down into 6 different segments. Click one following below to review returned results of the 2018 Mentor Pilot.