How To Become A Referee
Rules Of Competition
Grand Valley Soccer Association
Midwest Regional League
National Premier League
http://www.michiganreferee.org/ is the Michigan state referee page for the Michigan Referee Committee and its programs (statewide class listings for assignors and referees, sanctioned tournment contact information, and publications). Information and forms to apply for an upgrade, and a state-wide list of assignors and their contact information are also available.
http://www.ussoccer.com/Referees/Referees-Home.aspx is the national website for the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). On this page are direct links to: The Week in Review (video game clips/instruction), position papers, referee directives, The Laws of the Game (LOTG), Advice to Referees manual, and much more. In the LOTG section are the position papers and the ASK A REFEREE forum. The responses and instructions presented to questions in the forum are official and authoritative, and typically contain information that will be presented in certification/recertification classes.
http://www.refereeassociation.net/ is the national website for the Professional Referee Soccer Association:
This website is geared towards the professional referees. There are several useful downloads for training tips, nutritional advice, and the like. If your goal is to qualify as a professional referee, this is the level you need to take your training to. If being a professional referee is not one of your goals, you should still review these materials. Improve your skills and ability to cover the field. Referees who stay with play have much less difficulty managing play than referees who lag behind play. Being physically fit is just as important as being mentally fit.
Beyond the basic training and conditioning for games, grade 7 and 6 referees have to meet/exceed additional physical requirements. At the Michigan Referee Committee site (www.michiganreferee.org) the following USSF requirements are posted. These are minimum requirements- you are always encouraged to exceed minimums.
ENDURANCE AGE REFEREE STATE REFEREE
12 minute* run under 38 2200 meters 2400 meters
38-45 2000 meters 2200 meters
over 45 1800 meters 2000 meters
50 meter dash all ages 9.0 seconds 9.0 seconds
200 meter dash all ages 40.0 seconds 40.0 seconds
* The referee must run for 12 minutes even if the minimum distance is covered
in less than 12 minutes. The purpose of the test is to determine the distance
the referee can cover in 12 minutes.