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Welcome to the FDLSA Referee Corner

The referee corner has been developed as a resource for the referees in our club. Various educational articles will be posted along with some club guidelines and recommendations on various topics such as: certification, laws of the game, etc.  Please view the links to the left and below. Thank you. 

Referee Certification Courses Coming To Fond du Lac

We are happy to announce that once again, we are able to offer soccer referee certification and re-certification courses in Fond du Lac this winter. You can find out details at register at

Fond du Lac will host the re-certification course on Sunday Feb 2nd from 8am - 1pm and also on Sunday, March 15th from 8am - 1pm. To get your re-cert, you only need to sign up for once in-class session but we wanted to provide options. Please note, once again this year, there is online course work that does need to be finished prior to the in-person class.

Also, for anyone (ages 13+) that wishes to ref, we are offering a new referee certification course on Sunday, March 8th from 8am - 4pm.

In order to referee for the Fond du Lac Soccer Association, you must be actively certified.

These courses are operated and taught by the State and NOT the Fond du Lac Soccer Association, we are simply a host city and like to make it convenient for our refs to access these classes locally. All FDL courses are held at the Fond du Lac High School. 

Register to be a Rec League Referee for 2020 Season

Registration to be a rec league soccer ref will open up Mid-March. All games are at the Fond du Lac Soccer Complex and the season runs from May 18 - July 12, 2020. 

The ref program will work similar to last year. We are asking that you "register" as a ref so I know who is committed for the upcoming season. One note, we are using a new software (Demosphere) for you to "Register as a Ref". This just provides your contact details, and a few other bits of info helpful to ensure a smooth year.

The Fond du Lac Soccer Association will once again be using as our scheduling tool (same as last year). So, this is
important, even if you signed up last year to ref, we still need you to fill out the application on Demosphere.


News and Information

Interested in becoming a referee?  Please check the Certification Page for information on referee certification for (new referess) and annual recertification classes. If you are certified and interested in refereeing this year, please fill out the registration below.


Pay per Game

Referee pay differs by league. For anyone who wished to ref for Select/Travel Leagues, those are coordinated through The pay scale is set by the state and link is listed below. 

For the Fond du Lac Rec League, that pay scale is set by the Association and reviewed on an annual basis. Current pay per game is listed below. 

Select League fees for Southeast Classic League and State League Games

Referees who wish to officiate these games can sign up at

Rec League Fees

Current Rec League Pay per Game for Soccer Officials who hold a current certification

  • U5-U6 Game: $10/game (1 Ref)
  • U7-U8 Game: $12/game (1 Ref)
  • U10 Game: $12/Game Each (2 Refs)
  • U12 Game: $18/Game Each (2 Refs)
  • U14 Game: $28/Game Each (2 Refs)
  • High School Rec Game: $30/Game Each (2 Refs)

All games are assigned via 


Head injuries and other major injuries the referee should stop play. Minor incidents or injuries play may continue until the ball is out of play.  Therefore, play may continue through injuries, but the referee may stop play at any time if they desire to stop play for safety reasons. If play has been stopped, play will resume with a drop ball.

U10 Build-Out Line

The build out line is used to promote playing the ball out of the back in an unpressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball, in hand during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move behind the build out line until the ball is put into play. ·Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball to a teammate (punting and drop kicks are not allowed).

After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal. ·The opposing team must also move behind the build out line during a goal kick until the ball is put into play. If a goalkeeper punts or drop kicks the ball, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the punt or drop kick occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal are line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred. The build out line will also be used to denote where offside offenses can be called.        


PLAYERS CANNOT BE PENALIZED FOR AN OFFSIDE OFFENSE BETWEEN THE HALFWAY LINE AND THE BUILD OUTLINE, PLAYERS CAN BE PENALIZED FOR AN OFFSIDE OFFENSE BETWEEN THE BUILD OUT LINE AND THE GOAL LINE  Build Out Line Applications-  Ideally, the goalkeeper will wait to put the ball into play once all opponents are past the build out line.

However, the goalkeeper can put the ball into play sooner but he or she does so accepting the positioning of the opponents and the consequences of how play resumes.  Referee can manage the situation with misconduct if deemed appropriate. Referees should be flexible when enforcing the 6 second rule and counting time of possession should only begin when all opponents have moved behind the build out line.

Referee Contacts

Chad Collett


Phone: 920-539-6059

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