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

This will lead you through the proper tasks for registration.


Step 1) U.S. Soccer Learning Center 

  • a) To start the learning process, access the U.S. Soccer Learning Center website and “Sign Up” to create a Referee profile at the following link:

    • Make sure a unique email is used for each referee.

    • Sign up using the referee’s name & DOB. (not the parent or guardian)

    • A secondary email (e.g., parent, other) field is available as well.

    b) Once your profile is complete, log in to your U.S. Soccer Learning Center account to complete the free Michigan - Online Grassroots course.

    • The course is a ~ 4.5-hour e-learning experience that prepares candidates for their assigned tasks and responsibilities as a Grassroots referee. You must register for the course using the following link:

    • Most classroom issues can be resolved by periodically clearing your cache/cookies and restarting your browser.

    c) If you are 18 years of age or older you will also need to complete the SafeSport Training course, also located at the U.S. Soccer Learning center, found at the following link:

    d) After completing your required course(s), please click on your login name on the U.S. Soccer Learning Center and select “Profile” (found when you click on your name in the top RH page of your browser).

    • Download the certificates for the courses you have completed and return here to upload.

      • U.S. Soccer Grassroots Referee – Online module completion certificate

      • SafeSport trained certificate


Step 2) Michigan Game Officials

  • a) To complete the registration process, you must create an account on the Michigan Game Officials platform and register for a course with one of Michigan’s Referee Mentors.

    b) Click on the course number for the course that fits your schedule, (Date and time to attend).

    • To register for the selected course, follow the instructions.

    c) Create a USSF registration account.

    • Follow the instructions using a unique username and password for each referee.

    • Please use the referee email (preferably the same email used to create the U.S. Soccer Learning Center account).

    • A secondary email is available for parents, guardian, other.

    d) Enter the override code NEW22, and complete the $ 67.50 course registration fee.

    • Access and complete the online modules using the “Load Session Tracker” button prior to step e).

    e) Due to the current world situation, we have no in-person courses. Shortly before your scheduled virtual course, a Zoom link and password will be emailed to you that will enable participation in a 90-minute session. Your Referee badge will be mailed to you after successfully completing all of the steps above.

Have fun and get out to enjoy your new Grassroots Referee license.

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