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Our Amazing Team

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Luke McClure

Head Assistant to the Assignor

Trey McClure

USSF Referee and Assignor

You

Referee - Anyone can referee

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About

My soccer history.

  • 1980-Present

    Player

    I've loved soccer since I started playing at the age of 6 through the Gwinnett Soccer Association in Lilburn, Georgia. I played at Naperville Central High School where I was the red and white award winner my senior year. I continue to play as an adult.

  • Wheatland Athletic Association Castle AC Roadrunners Kickers

    2007-2018

    Coach

    I began coaching when my oldest child Luke was in kindergarten, playing in the WAA program. In 2010 I obtained an E coaching license to help coach my son's team at Castle AC when he started playing competitive soccer. I also began coaching for Roadrunners SC that same fall season. In 2012 I obtained my National D License. I most recently coached for Kickers SC in Aurora, IL.

  • 2012-Present

    Referee

    I became certified as a grade 8 referee to see what the referee program was like. I am now also an IHSA and collegiate referee.

  • 2014-Present

    Referee Assignor

    During the summer of 2014 Roadrunners asked me to become their assignor so I became a certified assignor.

  • Downers Grove Park District Woodridge Park District

    2015 and beyond

    Growing...

    In 2015 I partnered with the Downers Grove Park District to assign referees in their recreational program. In 2016 I partnered with the Woodridge Soccer Association (WSA). Both make for a great place for new referees to get started as a soccer referee.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that isn't answered here, please see the last FAQ.

Do we need more soccer referees?

How do I sign up for a referee clinic with US Soccer?

Why do payments take so long at the end of the season?

It really doesn't take that long once the season ends, but some referees don't realize that even if they're finished there could still be matches being played for some leagues. The spring season typically plays through the last week of June and the fall season typically plays through the middle of November. Once the season ends we invoice the clubs and park districts. When we've received enough money to cover all payments we deposit the money and pay out through GoPay. Once that happens it takes a day or so for the funds to get to your account. Sometimes referees don't read the manual on the homepage of the group in gameofficials.net and haven't emailed a W9 to Midwest Referee. In this case you will receive an email from GoPay that there is an admin hold on your money. We will also send out a separate email after payments are made to let you know if we need a W9. Please don't email, text or call asking if we have a W9 or when payments will be made because that only slows down the process.

Sometimes unforseen circumstances with clubs that we will not do business with any longer cause delays.
Click here to see one example.

How do I get started in gameofficials.net?

How do I narrow down the match list in gameofficials.net?

How do I set availability in gameofficials.net?

Where's the email you sent to join?

How old do I need to be to referee?

You must be at least 12 years old to get a work permit to referee in Illinois. However, US Soccer now requires you to be 13 in order to get a USSF patch to referee competitive matches. The ISRC now requires you to be 13 before April 1.

How much does it cost to get started?

There is a $75 fee from the ISRC. The cost to get a uniform and equipment with 3 different color shirts is just over $100.

How much money can I make being a referee?

That depends on how much you referee, but center referees for competitive league matches for youth soccer get paid per match with the youngest ages getting paid $35-40 per match. For example a U9/10 NISL, YSSL or IWSL match pays $40. Not bad for an hour of soccer!

Work permit... Why? & How?

If you're under 16 download the instructions and work permit letter here.

Why do I need to have a work permit if I'm under 16 years old just to be an assistant referee?

The great state of Illinois requires anyone under the age of 16 getting paid to work to have a work permit. Luckily they allow soccer officials to work at the age of 12. They also don't charge anything to get a work permit. It's very simple to get. You can use these instructions and letter to get one. Please read the attached pdf for instructions on getting a work permit. You will need a work permit if under 16 in order to referee matches. It expires after one year, but you must get a new one well before the season starts if yours will expire during the season.

If you are under 14 years of age, please take special notice of this section in the Illinois code which states that you can have your work permit taken away if you do not have a parent, guardian or designated adult present while you are officiating:

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(820 ILCS 205/2.5)
Sec. 2.5. Officiating youth activities. Nothing in this Act prohibits a minor who is 12 or 13 years of age from officiating youth sports activities for a not-for-profit youth club, park district, or municipal parks and recreation department if each of the following restrictions is met:
(1) The parent or guardian of the minor who is officiating or an adult designated by the parent or guardian shall be responsible for being present at the youth sports activity while the minor is officiating. Failure of the parent or guardian or designated adult to be present may result in the revocation of the employment certificate.
(2) The employer must obtain certification as provided for in Section 9 of this Act.
(3) The minor may work as a sports official for a maximum of 3 hours per day on school days and a maximum of 4 hours per day on non-school days, may not exceed 10 hours of officiating in any week, and may not work later than 9 p.m.
(4) The participants in the youth sports activity must be at least 3 years younger than the officiating minor, or an adult must be officiating the same youth sports activity. For the purposes of this subdivision (4), "adult" means an individual 16 years of age or older.
(Source: P.A. 92-592, eff. 6-27-02; 93-720, eff. 7-13-04.)

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If you have any questions or if your school requires any special forms you can find everything you need here:
https://www.illinois.gov/idol/Laws-Rules/FLS/Pages/child-labor-law.aspx

I haven't received my badge or USSF ID yet. Where do I get it?

The ISRC sends a badge to everyone that completes their training and paperwork properly anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks (sometimes longer) after your clinic. If you are missing something they send you a letter stating what you need to do to get your badge. Once they send you a badge they submit your information to US Soccer. There are instructions in the manual in the group in gameofficials.net on how you can obtain your USSF ID card. You don't need it to sign up in the group, but it's a good idea to update it once you do retrieve it. Leave it blank in gameofficials.net until you do get one.

How can I find the email that you sent me to join your group?

The email was sent with a subject of "Midwest Referee - Join My Group", but if you can't find it in your inbox or spam see the link below.

Click here to see the email that was sent to join the group.

What if I have additional questions about the process?

Sign up in the gameofficials.net group (see 'Get Started' above) and take a look at the manual on the first news item in the group. There is a lot of information in the manual and it will likely answer your question.

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