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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.
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.
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.
During the summer of 2014 Roadrunners asked me to become their assignor so I became a certified assignor.
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.
The link below is a quick start pdf. It is extremely important that you take in all of the information in the FAQs and the Midwest Referee Manual, but this will give you a quick start road map.
Yes, every referee has to get recertified each year. See the following video to see how to do that.
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:
(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.)
If you have any questions or if your school requires any special forms you can find everything you need here:
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