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USSF Referee Certification and Recertification Requirements for 2019:

USSF/ISRC requirements for 2019, with links and instructions, may be found under the CLINICS tab at the top of our website.  If you have any questions, please contact the ISRC Office @ 847-690-9881 or


The ISRC and Official Sports have renewed their contract thru 2019 for Official Sports to act as the EXCLUSIVE official sponsor to ISRC for referee uniforms, referee apparel, and referee equipment. Link to Official Sports to purchase starter kits under "Uniforms" on left.


If an injury occurs, it is the Coach/Trainer that must make the decision, and take responsibility for the decision to allow a player to re-enter a game.  However, once back in the game the Referee must require the player to leave the field if he or she feels that the player is still injured. 

If a serious injury, the Referee and his Assistant Referees should document and report to the League, on the Game Report Form, the team, player number, time, and the nature of the injury e.g., head injury, possible broken leg, etc.  A copy of the Game Report Form may be found under the Assault/Abuse Procedures (bullet to the left).

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office.


  • For signs, symptoms and action plan on concussions in youth sports, go to Resources, then Cinic Hand-outs. 
  • To read about Concussion Case Studies, go to Resources, then Concussion Case Studies (ESPN).

IYSA Mandatory Tournament Director/Assignor MeetingsDates TBD (2 Options):

The "Tournament Director" and "Tournament Referee Assignor" meetings have been MANDATORY for several years.  IYSA will not approve tournaments for a club that fails to have their Tournament Referee Assignor or their Tournament Director attend the annual meetings.  There is no charge to attend either of the meeting locations.  However, if a club does not attend one of the scheduled dates, it will cost $100 to schedule an individual session for that club's Tournament Director or Tournament Referee Assignor.

- Date TBD
- 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. (Tournament Referee ASSIGNORS Meeting)

- 10:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (NEW Directors and other staff)
- 12:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. (EXPERIENCED  - personally attended prior meeting)

IYSA - Meeting Room Lower Level
1655 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005

- Date TBD (Central/Southern IL)
- 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. (Tournament Referee ASSIGNORS Meeting)

- 10:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (NEW Directors and other staff)
- 12:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. (EXPERIENCED - personally attended prior meeting)


There is no pre-registration, just show up and be sure to "sign in" on the attendance log. There is nothing to bring, other than a pen and some note paper.  Clubs may send more than one person to attend the Tournament Director meetings.  The meeting will cover risk management concerns and procedures among other topics.  Please contact Hugh Orlicz direct if you have any questions.

ASSIGNOR POLICY:  Effective 2012, the ISRC enacted a new policy for assignors.  All Assignor's will be required to have:

  1. Documentation from an Officer of the League or Club that you assign for verifying that you assign games for that affiliated League or Club,
  2. Signed statement (by Assignor) affirming that no family members, friends, or colleagues will have direct access to ISRC referee information or have indirect access to referee information derived from the ISRC referee data provided to Assignors (taken care of at clinic),
  3. Background Check required every calendar year,
  4. Concussion Awareness Course (one-time requirement effective 2015), and
  5. Registration form and fees (taken care of clinic).

BACKGROUND CHECK:   Effective with the 2015 soccer season, any referees, 18 years of age and older officiating USSF-affiliated games, including adult/amateur games, and ALL Assessors, Assignors, and Instructors in Illinois must complete a Background Check every year.  You may complete on or after November 1st each year for the following calendar year.  Link for the Background Check can be found under the Background Check bullet to the left.