Assistant Referee Program

General Asst. Referee Program Info:

Evanston Soccer Association is required by the IWSL and YSSL to have two assistant referees at all U11-U18 games.​  The Illinois Soccer Referee Committee provides training clinics from mid-December through the end of March for anyone who wishes to certify as a USSF Referee.

Being a soccer referee is not an easy job, but it is a very important one for everyone involved in the game.  The training and job assignments should not be undertaken just as an "easy way to earn some cash."  Referees will be expected to be on time and ready to work in a professional manner for all of their games.  When you have assigned yourself to a game, it is very important that you work that game to the best of your ability.

Referees must be two (2) years older than the age group they are officiating, unless they have approval from the club.

Referees select games to referee based on their own schedules. Team Evanston uses a web-based program,, for game assignments. If you earn a 2017 Referee patch you will be given instructions for creating an Arbiter profile if you do not already have one.

Pay scale for club games:

U08-U09: $0 This level games will only be taken by players who are in training - brand new referees must work 2 of these games prior to older ages
U10: $20 per game
U11-U12: $25 per game
U13-U14: $30 per game
U15-U18: $40 per game (only our most experienced/qualified referees can be assigned to this age group)

U12 Parents Please Read

We are offering players who are currently U12 to start in our program now. Since there are no certification courses held after April of every calendar year, we are offering U12s to get certified now, get some U08-U10 games under their belt during the spring season and gain some experience for the fall season when they will be eligible to referee older games.  All referees must be 12 years old on or before 3-31-17 in order to attend a clinic for 2017 certification.