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Michigan Referee Program / Become A Referee

How to become a referee?

With our registration year ending 6/30, we are currently not holding any First Time Referee courses. Check back in July for new courses!

We’re excited for you to become a USSF certified referee! You will find that being a referee is a rewarding experience where you can give back to the game, stay active, and earn some extra cash. Please follow the registration instructions below, and you will be 1 step closer to officiating your first match!

NOTE: New referees must be 13 years old at the time of registration.


Create a U.S. Soccer Learning Center Account

To begin, create a Referee Profile on the U.S. Soccer Learning Center website.

  • Make sure a unique email is used for each referee.
  • Sign up using the referee’s name & DOB. (Not the parent or guardian)
  • If the referee is under 18, add a secondary email (e.g., parent, other) to the profile.


Register for a First-Time Referee Course

Within your newly created U.S. Soccer Learning Center account:

  1. Hover over “Courses” and click on “Available courses”.
  2. Click on “Go to course list” on the right side of the screen.
  3. Search “Michigan State Referee Committee” under “Host”.
  4. Register for the appropriate 2024 First Time Referee course.
  5. Complete all of the course assignments, and attend the field session.

Should you have any questions during the registration process, please contact Kristy Bos at

Why should you become a referee?

Stay Active and Involved.

Whether you are a current or former player, parent, spectator, or fan there is always a place for you to stay involved in the game of soccer as a referee.

Join a Diverse Community.

When you become a referee, you will join a dynamic and diverse group of officials from across the state. The Michigan referee community supports and celebrates our diversity.

Earn Money. Set Your Schedule.

Becoming a referee is a great way to earn some extra cash while giving you the flexibility to set your own schedule. There are games in your area that need referees now!


How long does my certification last? When do I need to re-certify?

Where do I buy jerseys? What color jerseys should I buy first? Do I need both long sleeves and short sleeves?