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Hawthorn Woods Elite Soccer Club

New and experienced referees wanted and welcomed!  Keep reading if you…

  • Love soccer and want to earn some cash
  • Want a flexible work schedule
  • Enjoy the outdoors and prefer briskly moving about a pitch to working indoors
  • Would like to gain even more soccer knowledge about the rules and help improve the youth sports experience

Most importantly, the referee job teaches the important life skills of teamwork and how to constructively resolve conflicts.  All you need is a good attitude and a desire to learn.

How to become a referee for Hawthorn Woods Elite Soccer Club

HWESC provides Assistant Referees (AR’s) for all home games U11 thru U19.  Matches are competitive travel in the IWSL and YSSL. Referees are not employees of HWESC but rather independent contractors.  You are free to ref for more than one club and ref for tournaments.  More experience leads to being a better referee and more $$! 

  • Contact the Referee Assignor (below)
  • To re-certify as a Grassroots Referee you must have held a Grassroots license for a minimum of one year within the past three years and complete the same requirements as First Time Referees (see below).
  • Recertification (link)
  • You must be 13 years or older to be certified as a First Time Grassroots Referee.
  • Course registration is found at the US Soccer Learning Center (link then click SIGN UP).
  • VERY IMPORTANT – Registration deadlines are 7 days before the mandatory webinars which are mostly on Sundays.  FIVE online assignments must be completed 4 days prior to webinar (it’s best not to wait that long).  These requirements can also be viewed on Illinois Soccer Referee Committee (ISRC) (link).
  • 13-15 year old refs must have a work permit on file.  Contact Assignor if Letter On Intent To Hire is needed.  Most schools have their own forms as well. 

Hawthorn Woods has an excellent track record of having two certified sideline referees at U11-U19 games. But in case we are unable to assign two AR’s, league rules allow us to substitute a qualified person. In order to be better prepared for any unfilled ref assignments, it is best that we have a list of qualified people that can be called on short notice for ref duties. Obvious candidates are parents and teenage siblings who think they will attend most of their family member’s home games. In order to be on the list of qualified assistant ref substitutes, we ask you take a one hour field training session on how to be a good linesperson.  This training is not an official certification.  Refs on our certified list will always have priority for game assignments. But there is no cost for the training and you will be paid the AR fee at the game. You will also be helping out our club.  If interested, contact the Assistant Referee Assignor to arrange a date and time to meet at the field.  After a game or during practice may be a good time.


Questions or comments, please e-mail Ron Hoerner

Referee Training Videos

-  Advice to New Referees: Making A Good Impression

-  Advice to New Referees: The Pre-Game Conference     

-  Advice to New Referees: Being An Assistant Referee 

-  Laws of the Game: Assistant Referee Signals

-  Laws of the Game: Law 11 - Offside 

-  Laws of the Game: Offside Part 2 - The Offside Offence

-  Laws of the Game: Offside Part 3 - Offside Decisions

-  Laws of the Game : Offside Position

Hawthorn Woods Elite Soccer Club

310 Fairfield Road 
Hawthorn Woods, Illinois 60047
Phone : 847-909-9729
Email : [email protected]
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