US Soccer Federation
GLASRA does not certify referees.
Annual recertification is required to remain a certified USSF referee.
Many changes are being made to the way first time certification and recertification is being conducted. In an effort to reflect the most current information, we recommend visiting the Michigan Referee Committee website.
When starting out as a USSF referee, one begins by taking the Grassroots Referee Course. Visit the Michigan Referee Committee website - Become a Referee.
Grassroots includes what formerly were Grades 9, 8, and 7.
Minimum Age - 13
Online Modules & Field Sessions
After Receiving your Badge
Upon gaining experience in several leagues, various game levels, and meeting the requirements to upgrade, one can apply to upgrade to Regional Referee. Information can be found on Michigan Referee Committee Upgrade page.
Requires Annual Fitness Test
To encourage our members to strive for higher levels of accomplishment, GLASRA will reimburse referees up to $60 for the cost of successful upgrade assessments (upgrades to Regional Referee and above).
The Upgrade Form will be updated once the State defines upgrade guidelines.
BECOME A HIGH SCHOOL OFFICIAL
To become a high school referee, it is recommended that you be a Grade 8 referee with several years of experience as an USSF referee. High school assignments require that officials be willing to travel to assignments up to 40 miles from their home.
Register at Michigan High School Athletic Assocation (MHSAA). A late fee is assessed for registering after August 1, of each year.
Pay GLASRA dues.
Contact the high school assignor by email at: Joe Gazda
MHSAA sends a reminder each year. Pay attention to deadlines to avoid late fees.
FOCUSED TRAINING BY EXPERIENCED MENTORS
The GLASRA Mentor Program is designed to provide-
GLASRA Mentors are selected based upon their experience and ability to positively provide feedback and training.
HOW IT WORKS
GLASRA Mentors review local assignments and decide which games to observe. They may also be asked by an assignor to observe a specific official. Once at the game, they introduce themselves to the crew and let coaches know that they will be mentoring the crew that day. They take notes and meet at half-time to discuss potential changes or offer compliments. Following the game, they provide more instruction and a copy of the report to the center referee as well as the assignor.
Please do not be nervous if a Mentor shows up at your game. Mentors are very positive. They are there to help you improve as well as make sure that your assignor knows the appropriate level of games for your skill level, goals, and comfort.
This is one of the best methods for us to find those who desire or show potential for higher level games.
We plan to offer two academies per year - one each during spring and fall seasons. We like to work with the Capital City Cup (spring) and Capital Area Classic (fall).
Participation is either by invitation or your request. If you would like to receive training through this method, please contact our Evaluation, Mentoring, & Observation board member, John Douglas.