Upcoming Soccer Referee Training Clinics
Refereeing serves as a means of community service as well as offering a great insight into the world’s most popular sport.
Several United States Youth Soccer (USSF) clinics are coming up this summer.
USSF entry level referee clinics (Level 9) will be held in Muskegon on Saturday July 28th and Mt. Pleasant and Grand Rapids on Saturday, August 11, 2018 and elsewhere around the state. This one-day short course is the entry point for all referees in USSF.
The Level 9 referees are qualified to ref recreation level games up to U14 and select (travel) games up to U12. Additionally they may serve as assistant referees for U14 select games. Games are assigned to referees in an appropriate way based on their age, ability, and comfort level. The minimum age for Level 9 clinics is 11 years old, and referees must be older than the players on the field.
“Bridge” courses typically are offered at the same times as Level 9 Entry courses. Bridge Courses can be taken by those 14 years or older who have completed the Level 9 course and by persons 18 and older with some knowledge of soccer. Referees are certified at Level 8 upon completion of the Bridge Course.
Referees for games played under the jurisdiction of USSF are paid. This helps defray costs for training, uniforms, and travel. Pay currently ranges from $15/game for recreation games, to $20-50 for select games.
As a bonus, Northland United Soccer Club will reimburse new referees for the $67.50 registration fee once they have refereed 10 recreational or select level games for Northland.
Information including registration for these clinics can be found at www.MichiganRefs.org. Registration is done on-line. Further information is available by contacting Chuck Drake at 231-250-5949. For information on refereeing recreational games, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information for current of future referees, or for parents and players who want to learn more about how the game is played.
Northland United’s Rules for Recreational Play are based on the recommendations of the US Youth Soccer Association and the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association.
To become a USSF certified referee you must attend an entry level clinic, which you can sign up and find further information at https://www.michiganrefs.org/
After certified as a level 9 referee, you can contact the the NUSC administration and schedule games to officiate