Welcome to the Grand Valley Soccer Officials Association
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Rules Of Competition:
Grand Valley Soccer Association
Junior State Cup
National League Conference
National Premier League
Updated September 7, 2020
P.O. Box 699
Ada, MI 49301
Registration fees for referees, assignors, assessors, instructors and the futsal-certified are waived for the 2021 recertification.
Look for announcements about material review procedures. Our last certification was about a year ago, and at best, each of us needs a thorough refresher..
GVSA game schedules are being created now. Whether they will be played depends upon government limitations, MSYSA requirements and everyones' ability to maintain a high probability players, team officials and referees will remain safe.
MSPSP, DA and State Cup schedules are subject to the same criteria.
When USsoccer opens its schedule of activities, that and its requirements (when applicable to West Michigan) will be
presented (or at least linked) here.
When Grand Valley Soccer Association sets a date to resume activities, updates will be posted here and sent to GVSOA members via Game Officials. To receive the most current information, make sure you are a GVSOA member for 2020.
UPDATE YOUR AVAILABILITY FOR FALL 2020 as soon as you can. As a practical matter, keep your fall availability updated as your availability increases or decreases, If you have problems entering and saving availability to 1308, contact a GVSOA assignor.
Your contact information must be accurate. If you are a new referee in the Grand Rapids' area, contact one of the assignors listed on the CONTACT US page to become certified for GVSA league game assignments.
Membership fee for GVSOA is annual ($10.00) or per season ($5.00). Link to membership application is upper-left on this page. IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR GRAND VALLEY SOCCER ASSOCIATION GAME ASSIGNMENTS, YOU MUST BE A MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING WITH GVSOA.
One of the changes for 2020 is a player who is to be substituted, is to leave at the nearest touchline or goal line. The substitute then enters the field.
IN ALL AGE GROUPS, IN GVSA GAMES, THE SUBSTITUTION PROCEDURE REMAINS UNCHANGED. (PLAYER LEAVES AT THE MIDLINE/TEAM BENCH TOUCHLINE.) THIS LOCAL RULE OVERRIDES THE 2020 CHANGE.
Click on the following link to accessss the PDF document of changes to the LOTG for 2020. THE SUMMARY OF CHANGES IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR KNOWING THE LOTG!
Click on the following link to access the 2019/2020 LOTG.
USSOCCER sends a reminder to re-certify for the following year via the registration system: https://michiganrefs.gameofficials.net. GameOfficials will perform the registration, on-line testing and background checks at the same time. You no longer need to go to separate sites for these tasks with different identities. After you login, the system will guide you through the registration steps.
The system will show you two identities, and you need to be in group 1303, Registration and Learning. You will be at the main page, and need to click on "Courses". The courses that are available to you will appear. (Courses shown are unique to the identity you logged into. Referee courses only appear in the Referee Identity, Assignor courses in the Assignor Identity, etc.) Choose your class and the system will walk you through it. After you pay for the course your must complete and pass the concussion module video. Then click the button "LOAD SESSION TRACKER" to take the on-line exam. At the same time, if you are over 18 years old the system will look for a current background check. If you are over 18, and it finds a current background check, it will authorize your registration. If you are over 18 and it does NOT find a current one, it will process a new background check. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE FOR YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK. If you need paper proof for a league that you passed the background check, contact Carlos Folino, He can provide the documentation. After the background check is completed, the system will take you to the testing area and allow you to take your exam. The instructor will have the results of your background check and your examination score.
If you did not pass your exam, you will not receive a referee badge at recertification. Retest until you pass before the recertification clinic. A link to the retest instructions is at the top of this page, third link. If you do not pass the background check, concussion video or on-line test before recertification class, attend the class on schedule. When you have met the pre-requisites, contact your instructor to be issued a badge.
You will not see the same questions on each subsequent exam. You may use your LOTG. Passing scores are as follows:
Grassroots Referee 80% on the exam. miss no more than 10 questions.
Regional Referee 80% on the state recert. exam. miss no more than 10 questions.
The players and game are developing at a fast pace. We need to stay current with them, if not a step ahead. Please begin reviewing the materials now- not as you are taking the test.
If you have any questions, contact the Michigan State Director of Referee Instruction,
Yuya Kiuchi at:
All MSYSA -sanctioned tournaments are assigned in Game Officials. MSPSP, DA, State Cup and MRL games are assigned in Game Officials. Referees typically self-certify for tournament assignments. The MSPSP, DA, State Cup and Midwest Regional leagues are not self-certified. Membership in the referee pool for these leagues is by invitation- assignor certification. A list of the current Michigan Assignors is at: www.michiganreferee.org; click on CURRENT REFS; click on GET GAMES; click on 2019 MICHIGAN CERTIFIED ASSIGNORS.
The direct link to the 2020 Michigan Certified Assignors list is: