A Message from the DISTRICT - July 11-2018

Please take a moment to review, examples of sport hijabs and turbans which are approved by FIFA and Canada Soccer can be found on our website tab "DID YOU KNOW" Message to all EMSA Members: In 2014 FIFA officially allowed the wearing of religious headgear by players.  As with all uniform requirements (Law 4 of FIFA Rules of the Game) the headgear cannot be dangerous to the person who is wearing it or the other players on the field.  Law 4 – Section 4 Other equipment Non-dangerous protective equipment, for example headgear, facemasks and knee and arm protectors made of soft, lightweight padded material is permitted as are goalkeepers’ caps and sports spectacles. Head Covers Where head covers (excluding goalkeepers’ caps) are worn, they must: • be black or the same main colour as the shirt (provided that the players of the same team wear the same colour)  • be in keeping with the professional appearance of the player’s equipment  • not be attached to the shirt  • not be dangerous to the player wearing it or any other player (e.g. opening/ closing mechanism around neck)  • not have any part(s) extending out from the surface (protruding elements)   EMSA BOARD

2018 Education Sessions

All sessions are 7pm at BMO Centre - London - 295 Rectory St London - MAP

February 12th at 7pm   Our speaker will be former FIFA and Current National & MLS Match Official Silviu Petrescu. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silviu_Petrescu

Feb 20th - Angelo Gertsakis (Fmr. National Referee /Current Provincial Instructor) - DOGSO Tactical Offences

March 6 - Wayne Sharp (Provincial Instructor) - 2018 Law Changes - View Presentation HERE

March 13 - Tony Camacho (Former FIFA referee  and Current National Instructor) - TBD

March 24 - Denise Lalonde (Fitness and Nutrition Guru) - Field Trip for Workout.

March 27 - Neil Kendrick (EMSA Assistant DRC and District Instructor) - TBD

Wed April 11 6:30-8:00pm on field.

Sat April 21 9:00am large room - Matt to instruct

April 24 6:30-8:00 on field

Matt McCready, EMSA DRC


Location for training

Tweedsmuir Public School

349 Tweedsmuir Ave London ON





Monday, March 05, 2018

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Monday, April 09, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Contact list for Ontario Soccer Staff and Ontario Soccer Assignors.


Nicky Pearson, 
Manager, Match Officials Development
Ontario Soccer

2017IFAB Changes in the LOTG

Click HERE

Fitness Testing - Beep Test




Webinar - Click HERE:

Print off Notes - Click HERE:

Matt McCready - DRC

Email Address: matt.emsadrc@gmail.com


Provincial Referee Since 2010  

Attended the first National symposium for the Provincial Upgrade Program

Trained under the tutelage of National/FIFA Instructors and Assessors

Have officiated games in the Former CSL, OUA, OCAA, PDL, W-League, WOSL, LAWSL, OYSL, OWSL, WOYSL, LDYSL.

Highlights: 2012 CSL Division 2 Final, 2012 U21 Ontario Cup Final, 2011 OCAA Finals Tournament 2010 OUA Bronze Medal Game, Various League and Divisional Cup Finals in WOSL and LAWSL

Regional Assessor Since 2014

Recently upgraded based on body of work accomplished

Completed numerous assessments in games from LAWSL, WOSL and OCAA

Former Fitness Test Supervisor 2013

Accredited to supervise the formerly utilized Cooper Test

Other Related Soccer Involvement

EMSRA - Assistant DRC, 2012 - 2014 Functioned as the recording officer, occasional instructor, education programmer, assessment program lead, mentorship program lead, liaison to the rural regions of the district, fitness program coordinator, Virginia Beach tournament co-coordinator

EMSA  Referee Association - Member 2010 - 2012

Elected by the membership to represent them on the three member referee executive committee where we focused on education sessions, fitness training and standardizing league and travel fees.

Middlesex United Soccer Club - President  2010

Elected by the membership  to run the organization during a time of transition.  Responsible for effectively managing volunteers, managing and being accountable for funds, representing the members best interests, and gaining some credibility and notoriety in the Strathroy-Caradoc and local soccer communities.  Contributed to a better relationship with all local soccer groups.

 Message from the DRC

Jan 12, 2018

Good Afternoon All:

First off ... Happy New Year to you all.  I hope your holidays were wicked and I anticipate you all have enjoyed your offseason from the 2014 outdoor scene.  It is with this break in mind that we have decided to launch the EMSA district inaugural Fitness Training Program.

Here is the information.

This program will run weekly starting next week on Thursdays at 8pm at the BMO Centre track.  The program will consist of educational training, fitness training and information surrounding warm-up, injury prevention, fitness testing, physical and mental health and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  The program is free of charge and open to all match officials and prospective match officials in the EMSA district.  The first session this thursday at 8pm will give us a baseline on where to build the program but the ultimate goal is to prepare everyone for fitness testing and a happy, healthy and fingers crossed injury free 2015 outdoor season.  

If you have any questions feel free to contact myself or Traci Cummings our Fitness Program Coordinator.

Hope to see you all Thursday January 15 8pm at the BMO Centre Walking Track.  Please bring appropriate training gear, and indoor specific running shoes to not track the nasty outdoor conditions onto our running surface.

Yours in Soccer

Matt McCready & Traci Cummings
EMSA DRC Executive member

matt.emsadrc@gmail.com lawslrefs@gmail.com

on behalf of the EMSA executive council
Matt Mccready, EMSA

OSA Lightning Policy

Lightning Policy: Click Here Updated July 11, 2017

9 vs 9 Info

 1. Field of play Length 60-70 meters   Width 42-55  meters

2. Goal area instead of 6 yards, its 4.5 yards towards corner flags along goal line then 4 yards inside penalty area towards penalty mark or top of penalty area

3. Penalty area, instead of 18 yards its 13 yardspenalty mark is now 9 meters instead of 11

4.  Optional penalty arc  9 meters 

5. Size of the goal length distance between the posts in 5.48m (18ft) height of goal distance from the lower edge of the crossbar to the ground is 1.82m (6ft)           Goal size =   6ft high x 18ft long 

6. The ball  either size 4 or 5   if its a 5  it must be a light ball = weight 350-370 grams and a circumference within 60-70cm

7. Minimum 6 players, maximum 9  players 

Unlimited substitutions may be made throughout the game. All substitutions are only allowed at the
discretion of the Referee and the Referee shall be advised of all substitutions.
The rules of the competition must state in which stoppages ( goal kick, corner kick, throw
substitutions are allowed

The length of
each half is 35 minutes.
The half time interval must
not exceed 10 minu

10   Goal Kick !    2    important differences from 11 vrs 11 

All opponents of the player team taking the goal kick
must be in their own half of the field and
cannot touch the ball until it is in play

The ball is in play once it leaves the penalty area and is touched by a
player of
team taking the goal

 Pls note:  Players must wear jerseys with sleeves.  All under garments must be the same colour at the jersey.

INFO Regarding RULES for LPTD

When we talk about Mini Soccer no matter the field size for the time being until the proper sized fields are established, We referees have to go with the Rules stated on the Link.

Basics are:
6 Yds from the restart
8 Yds for the Penalty Mark
6 Yds from the corner ark
6 Yds at Kick Off
Please read the Rules on the Link and feel free to inform others.


 We now have a TWITTER account.  

The idea behind the TWITTER account is to communicate directly with our referee's with a one stop shop.  The league coordinators, D.R.C. and Council will all have control of the TWITTER feed.  Were hoping TWITTER will make it very easy to communicate instantly News about Game Cancellations, Field info and Coordinators looking for a last minute FILL IN.  This will not be a forum to VENT about teams/players or a Fellow Referee. There will be ZERO Tolerance towards negative behaviour. 

Every time there is an update made to this web site your twitter account will NOTIFY you.

The Twitter account will be blocked and only those approved by council will be allowed to follow.  When setting up your current twitter account or if your currently on twitter add your mobile number in the following screen in your twitter settings.

Our account: @emsareferee

Set it up here: www.twitter.com


Click HERE to see the FIFA GUIDE LINES on Head bands 

Page 48. Section 24.2


The EMSA Referee's Association "Canada Referee Badges" and really cool Flip Coins currently available.

Click Here for more information

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