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ICSL only employs certified and trained USSF Patched Referees for ICSL games, ensuring the highest quality management of the games and experience for the players.  Each referee takes a 2 day IYSA initial course and an annual 1 day refresher course to remain certified (at their expense).

The ICSL supports the treatment of Officials in accordance with the "Illinois Support of Soccer Officials" ruling.  The ICSL also believes that the officials should be treated with respect and never threatened or physically harmed in any way.  If this happens there are potential legal consequences and a league Board of Directors review of the conduct (see Rules & By-Laws) to determine how to ensure the situation does not present itself again in the future regarding that specific parent, coach, referee, etc.

IL Support of officials- Illinois Support of Officials.doc

If you are 16 or younger, you will need to provide a work permit to referee an ICSL IYSA game which can normally be picked-up at the local high school.  Please ensure your Work Permit is provided to Scott Taylor (Referee Coordinator) before your first game.  Scott can be reached at [email protected] or 309-645-0672

Additional Notes for Referees from Scott

1)  If you would like to Referee please email me at the email address listed above.

2)  Provide the times and days that you are available. If you are a player you need to make sure that this does not conflict with your game times. If your coach requires that you arrive before the game you will need to make sure of that also.

3 )  The times that you are available is NOT a GUARANTEE of what you will be reffing. 

4 )  If you are under the age of 16 you are required to get a work permit. You can obtain these from your counselor at school. If you are in district that does not require a certain form you can use the form above. 

5 )  If you are 18 and above you will need an Annual Background Check. 

Adults participating in the ICSL league need to perform an annual Background Check (Referees, Coaches, Assistant Coaches), which is managed through the IYSA website.  Please ensure that you select Inter-Community Soccer League so ICSL can receive the notice directly.

6 )  You will need to arrive 15 minutes prior to game time. If you are not there at the start of the game it will be given to someone else and this could jeopardize your chances to referee in the future. 

7 )  It is your responsibility to have all referee gear in good condition and worn for every game: referee shirt, pen, flags, cards, etc.

8 )  ALL referees will need to keep score so that at the end of the game you can confirm the score for our records.

9 )  Provide Scott your cell phone number and preferred email address.

10 )  If you foresee problems or a change to your schedule please contact Scott ASAP

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