CDL Referees

Referee Information

Soccer Referee Information – CDL Spring Season 2024


League Rules

Long and short format CDL league rules are available at the following links:

Long Format

Short Format

Rules Summary:

  • All players, coaches, and team personnel must have a US Club Soccer member pass. However, referees do not need to check player cards prior to a game.
  • No rosters are required – Maximum roster size is 22 players – Game active roster is 18.
  • Substitutions are unlimited; however, substitution stoppages may occur for either team a maximum of four times per half. In the case of a head injury, a team may sub a player out even if it exceeds four times per half.
  • If a team is playing in a double header on a single day, any game that team participates in can be adjusted to 2 x 35-minute halves. The game length decision is made by the coach of the team playing in the double header games. The opposing coach and referee must be informed prior to the game.
  • The team listed first in the CDL schedule is designated as the “home team”. In the event of a color clash the home team changes.
  • FIFA rules are followed unless otherwise stated in the modified CDL rules, including all 2022/23 FIFA rule changes.

Referee Pay Rates 

U17-U19 – $62.50 Center – $45.00 AR

U15/U16 – $55.00 Center – $36.00 AR

U13/U14 – $47.00 Center – $32.00 AR

Referee Payment

The CDL pays referees directly by check. Payments are made every 2 weeks (please note: checks are mailed from Colorado and there is 5-7-day mailing period).

You may receive an e-mail asking you to confirm your mailing address prior to receiving your first payment and an additional request for W9 information.

If you have any questions concerning your payment, please e-mail the CDL administrator at

Center Referees

Center referees are required to submit game reports (including the game score) during the Spring 2024 season.

A “How To” of how to submit a game report in Demosphere is included at the following link: Demosphere Referee Assignor Guide

Game Day Issues

If issues occur on game day e.g.  double booked fields, center referee no shows etc. please work with the head coaches of each team and complex representatives to determine a solution. If a solution cannot be worked out, please text the league administrator at 515-330-6653.

CDL Assignors

Below is a list of CDL assignors and the complexes they are responsible for. If you are looking for additional games or know of referees that would like to work in the CDL, please contact one of the assignors below.

In addition, CDL assignors can point you in the right direction if you are a new referee looking to become certified. 

Ames Soccer Club (ASC)
Hunziker Youth Soccer Complex
Ray Schwichtenberg
> Email Assignor

Cedar River Soccer Club (CRSA), FC United and AYSO United
Tuma Soccer Complex and FC United Soccer Complexes
Brian Cohen
> Email Assignor

Cedar Valley Soccer Club (CVSC)
Cedar Valley Soccer Complex
> Email Assignor

Iowa Rush and Iowa Rush North 
Prairie Ridge and Waverly 
Charlie Ramsey
> Email Assignor

Iowa Soccer Club (ISC)
Iowa City Kickers Soccer Complex
Jeremy Cohen
> Email Assignor

Sporting Iowa Central (SIC)
Johnston, Urbandale, Hidden Valley and GrimesPlex Soccer Complexes
Bonnie Larson
> Email Assignor

Sporting Iowa East SC (SIE), Quad Cities Rush, Dubuque SC
TBK, Davenport, Green Valley, Dubuque and Muscatine Soccer Complexes
Alec Clarke

> Email Assignor

Vision Soccer Academy (VSA)
Timberline Soccer Complex and Mid-American Rec Plex
> Email Assignor

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