Learn how to contact an assignor, get games and get paid, determine game precedence, and check for field closings during the Spring and Fall ISL Seasons here. Information on how to login and access your Dashboard for the Demosphere assignment tool together with Demosphere Referee Management System (RMS) User Guides for Referees and Assignors are also provided.
Iowa Soccer League Matches
The Iowa Soccer League (ISL) is a critical part of the Iowa Soccer player development pathway and competitions pathway. The ISL was created to serve the developmental needs of youth soccer players in Iowa and is unique in that it is guided by one overarching focus – player development. The ISL strives to be in full alignment with the US Soccer Player Development Initiatives (PDI).
CANCELLATIONS: Go to Schedules and Field Status for notification of closed fields affecting ISL games.
How to Get Games
In order to be assigned to referee soccer matches in Iowa, you must get in contact with a USSF certified Referee Assignor. You should have been given a list of local assignors during the Grassroots Referee course.
It is your responsibility to contact your local assignor and let him/her know that you are a certified official and are ready to work games. Most assignors will want to know your availability so be ready with the list of dates and times that you are/are not available to work matches when you contact them. Also, be sure to let them know of a reliable way to contact you in case of last-minute schedule changes. Many assignors will assign games on a week-by-week basis so be sure to ask what the procedure is for getting games in the future. As a USSF certified referee, you are an independent contractor and as such may work for any assignor, but it is your responsibility to contact them for games.
As a new soccer official, you should be prepared to work mainly as an Assistant Referee or as a Referee on the younger age groups until the assignor is able to identify your abilities to handle more difficult games. Do not be discouraged if your first season is spent doing "little kids" as all referees go through this process of development. If you have the opportunity to work with more experienced referees, be sure to ask them any questions you might have as their advice will come in handy when you receive harder assignments.
Hierarchy of Games
The Game Hierarchy table is your guide to the levels and priorities of games to which a referee can be assigned. It is important that you share your goals with each of your assignors so that they can work together with you to provide assignments that will enhance your career path. You should then work the highest level of game that you can.
Beginning with the Fall 2020 Season, Assignors began using Demosphere to assign referee crews to Iowa Soccer League (ISL) and Iowa Soccer Championship Series (ISCS) matches.
Login and Access
As with the US Soccer Learning Center, Google Chrome is the preferred browser when using Demosphere.
If you have a Demosphere Account, click on the image at left and enter your User ID/e-Mail and password to sign in and access your Dashboard.
If you have not created an account or if you have forgotten your password, use the “Forgot your password?” link on the sign in screen to generate a password reset e-Mail. Be sure to use the e-Mail address that is associated with your registration in the US Soccer Learning Center.
Once logged-in, open the REFEREE MANAGEMENT tab and then click the “Access Your Profile” button to manage your Assignments, Calendar, Game Reports, and Preferences using Demosphere's Referee Management System (RMS).
ATTENTION REFEREES: You must fill out a game report within 48 hours of your ISL match so that you and your crew get paid. Those who do not have Direct Deposit will be mailed a check. Iowa Soccer will issue payments twice a month.
Iowa Soccer will be using cPayPlus, LLC to pay referees by Direct Deposit. To participate, you need to complete the Automated Clearing House (ACH) Credit Authorization Agreement shown at left.
Required fields are highlighted in dark blue and with an asterisk. Enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for FEID # (Federal Employment IDentification). When you've completed the form, click DONE at the top of the page to submit.
If you have questions, send an e-Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become an Assignor
Contact the State Director of Assignment, Lou Agocs, for information on becoming a USSF certified Referee Assignor.
Contact an Assignor
It is recommended that you work for an assignor nearby so that he/she can help you to improve your refereeing abilities. If you do not know who the assignor(s) are in your area or are unsure where to get games, then complete the form below. It will be e-Mailed to the State Director of Assignment, Lou Agocs. All areas of the form must be filled out unless indicated otherwise.