What is Referee assault?
Referee assault is an intentional act of physical violence at or upon a referee.
This includes, but is not limited to the following acts committed upon a referee: hitting, kicking, punching, choking, spitting on, grabbing or bodily running into a referee; head butting; the act of kicking or throwing any object at a referee that could inflict injury; damaging the referee’s uniform or personal property, i.e. car, equipment, etc.
What is Referee abuse?
Referee abuse is a verbal statement or physical act not resulting in bodily contact which implies or threatens physical harm to a referee or the referee’s property or equipment.
Abuse includes, but is not limited to the following acts committed upon a referee: using foul or abusive language toward a referee that implies or threatens physical harm; spewing any beverage on a referee’s personal property; or spitting at (but not on) the referee.
What do I do if I am the victim of referee assault or referee abuse?
In a youth game:
Referees shall transmit a written report within 48 hours of the incident to
In an adult game:
Referees shall transmit a written report within 48 hours of the incident to the State Referee Administrator (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Illinois State Soccer Association (Email: ILStateSoccer@gmail.com)