Grade Levels

Note: Referee Levels are different then school grade levels.

Grade 9 – Referee
This is the entry level referees. This grade qualifies you to be Referee for any Under-12 and below, except games involving teams in Michigan Premier Soccer League. Grade 9 also qualifies to be an Assistant Referee (AR) for Under-14 or younger, in any game except games involving teams in Michigan Premier Soccer League.  Must be 11 years old to obtain this grade.​

Grade  8 – Referee
This grade qualifies you to referee any recreational and competitive youth games as well as any amateur games for which assigners feel you have the necessary experience and ability.
​Must be 14 years old to obtain this grade.

Grade  7 – Referee
This grade qualifies experienced referees in the state to officiate all but the highest levels of amateur soccer. Achieving this grade indicates readiness to be considered for a State Referee upgrade. You need to pass an yearly State Fitness Test to maintain this grade.
​Must be 17 years old to obtain this grade. ​
Grades 6 and 5 – State Referee
This level qualifies you to referee the Michigan State Premier Soccer League, Regional Leagues and other higher level games within the state. Passing the yearly State Fitness Test is required. Grade 5 indicates the referee’s readiness to be considered for National Referee upgrade.
​Must be 18 years old to obtain a grade 6 and 19 years old to obtain a grade 5.. ​
Grades 4 and 3 – National Referee
This level qualifies you for competition at the national level (including professional soccer and MLS). Grade 3 indicates the referee’s readiness to be considered for international service. National Fitness test is required.

Grade  2 – FIFA Assistant Referee

Grade  1 – FIFA Referee