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Grand Island Soccer Referee Information

From Recreational Leagues/Games to Travel Programs/Games, Here's What Referees Need To Know

2018 Referee Courses - Winter 2018

Attention GISC Soccer players (Ages 12-16 year old) – provided below is the link for Referee training/certification courses being hosted locally in Western NY over the next few weeks, including locally, right here on Grand Island, New York.


5 Courses are being offered locally in January/February 2018 time frame (Williamsville - Grand Island - North Tonawanda - Amherst - Elma).

For more information please visit:


Please note that instructions for registration and information is also provided on this site. Important to note – In Order To Referee for Grand Island Soccer Club you MUST be FIFA Ref certified. This certification will also allow you to referee in BWNYJSL games.


Thank you to all who have inquired as to ongoing FIFA Referee Training programs – as available locally in Western NY. We look forward to seeing you on the fields in the coming season.

Grand Island Soccer Club to Host FIFA (USSF) Training - Jan/Feb 2018

Please note that Grand Island Soccer Club hosted one of the local USSF (FIFA) Referee Courses this winter:

  • USSF - FIFA Certification - 2018 NEW REFEREE Course
  • Saturday Jan 27 & Feb 3, 2018 - NOW COMPLETE
  • Times: 7:30am-3:30pm each day
  • You MUST attend BOTH sessions
  • Location: Middle School Little Theater, Grand Island
  • Cost: $75
  • Age: Must be 12 years old by January 1, 2018
  • Questions: Contact Bill Helwig, e-mail:

Referee Update:

  • Grand Island Soccer Club Recreational Soccer Referee & Mentoring assignments will be made before the GISC Recreational season begins this coming summer (June/July/August) - check back later.
  • Per the information above, it is now mandatory to be a FIFA (USSF) Ref in order to referee in the Grand Island Recreational Soccer program, as well as the B&WNYJSL Travel leagues.

Referee Resources:

  • GISC Referee Unit Guide (pdf)
    • A must read for Coaches, to help them understand how to help our young GISC Referees make the best game experience for all involved.
  • Western New York Referee Association

For More Information Or Questions About Grand Island's Referee Program, Please Contact The Referee Coordinator Bill Waddington at
716.773-6945 or 716.870.2409 or email




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