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Referee Fees for 2023

From Ontario Soccer: 



TO:                              Ontario Soccer; District Membership and Associate Members

CC:                              Ontario Soccer Board of Directors, Staff

FROM:                         Nicky Pearson, Sr. Manager, Match Officials Development

DATE:                          September 15, 2022

SUBJECT:                   2023 Match Officials Game Fee Increase Reminder

As many of our members are progressing into program planning and budgeting cycles for the 2023 season, Ontario Soccer would like to remind our membership that the Ontario Soccer Board of Directors, at their March 26, 2022 meeting, approved a change to the Match Official Game Fee and Assigning Protocol.

Prior to 2018, in order to entice higher-level officials to do their games, leagues were working independently in setting compensation fees, creating competition in the officiating landscape by offering higher or similar rates for games closer to home. This created an imbalance in fees and opportunities, which ultimately was counter-productive to match official’s retention and development.

The March 2022 Board of Directors approval included game fee increases for District, Regional and Provincial Youth and Senior leagues that will be effective for the 2023 and 2024 outdoor seasons.

As per Operational Procedures (Section 10, Procedure 6.5), game fees are to be reviewed every two years. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 review was deferred to 2021.

For reference, please refer to Information Bulletin #: I2022-029 Date: April 19, 2022.

Please note that the protocol is available here: 2023 Game Fee and Assigning Protocol.

For further information, please contact Nicky Pearson, Sr. Manager Match Officials Development.

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