Over the years, the EGSC Referee Program has helped foster successful officials from the recreational to the professional ranks. Officiating is a wonderful way to learn more about the game and/or stay involved in it if you are no longer a player. Not only does it teach you a lot about the game, but it also teaches you many lifelong professional and personal skills.
In order to referee matches for the EGSC, we require referees, both at the recreational and travel levels, to become certified with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Certification with the USSF can be obtained by attending a clinic held by the Illinois Soccer Referee Committee (ISRC). For detailed information on clinics, please visit the Instruction page.
Criterion for officiating EGSC matches:
Officials must be at least a Grade 8 or higher USSF certified referee for the current year (yearly recertification is required).
Officials must be at least 14 years old by the beginning of the season to referee. This is usually April for the spring season and August for the fall season. Please note that there are no age restrictions for attending the clinic.
Once the stipulations above are met, officials should send an e-mail to the Referee-in-Chief requesting to be added to the referee e-mail list. Officials should then expect to receive employment information to fill out in February/March for the spring season and/or in July/August for the fall season. Since officiating with the EGSC Referee Program is seasonal, we require these application procedures to be followed for each season.
We thank you for your interest in joining the EGSC Referee program and look forward to working with you!