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GLASRA does not certify referees. This is done by the state in which one resides. All Michigan USSF class registrations are done through The Michigan Referee Committee website or by changing identity in GO​ and clicking on your official account in Registration & Learnging Group 1303.

Entry Level Certification

When starting out as a USSF referee, one begins by taking an Entry Level, Grade 9, class. This can begin as early as age 12.

  1. Visit the Michigan Referee Committee website to find Entry Level/Grade 9 classes.
  2. Register for a class which fits your schedule​
  3. Pay your GLASRA dues.
  4. Contact the CASL Assignor, Bob Ianni, to let him know that you are interested in games. You will be added to his assigning list.


Bridging refers to Grade 9 referees becoming a Grade 8. Generally, one must be 14 years old and have completed at least one full season as a Grade 9 official.

Please refer to the US Soccer document for specific requirements: 

2016 Bridge to 8.pdf

Visit the Michigan Referee Committee website to find Bridge Course​.​ Classes are generally offered annualy​ each winter and summer.


Annual Recertification is required. All class registration goes through The Michigan Referee Committee website to find the appropriate class.​

  • Register for the appropriate class which fits your schedule.

  • Pay your GLASRA dues.


Upgradi​​ng refers to advancing from your current grade to a higher grade. The USSF Grading system begins at 9 and goes to 1 which is the highest.

The choice to upgrade is a personal decision. GLASRA members may offer advice as to whether you are ready to take the next step, but it is best to ask a Mentor or specifically an Assessor for a Developmental/Guidance Evaluation to determine strengths and weaknesses.

The Upgrade application process starts early in the year. Please visit The Michigan Referee Committee website   for requirements.

This is a year long process which when completed, changes one's grade in the following year. If you apply for upgrade, make sure to contact Dena Conine the Regional Premier Assignor to receive appropriate assignments.​

Upgrade Requirements

Please refer to the below documents or The Michigan Referee Committee website for details.

2016 Upgrade to 7.pdf

2017 Upgrade to 6 Requirements

2017 Upgrade to 6 Application

Upgrade Assessment Subsidy​

​To encourage our members to strive for higher levels of accomplishment, GLASRA will reimburse referees up to $60 for the cost of successful upgrade assessments (upgrades to Grades 6 and above).  Below is a link to the PDF form for use in documenting assessments and successful completion of the upgrade process. 

GLASRA Upgrade Assesment Reimbursement Request Updates




Bridge Course

(From Grade 9 to Grade 8)


If you are looking to bridge from Grade 9 to Grade 8, you should take the Bridge Class (see next section) instead of a recertification class.  You only need to attend one class, either a recertification or the Bridge Course.​

​Bridge Course

(From Grade 9 to Grade 8)​​​​​​​​​

​If you are a Grade 9 referee, are 14 years old, and looking to be able to officiate a wider variety of matches, please consider taking the Bridge Class as compared to taking a recertification class.  You will still receive a 2017 referee badge.  The cost is $67.50.

  • Saturday, March 4, 2017

  • 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P​.M.

  • Hannah Community Center 
    819 Abbot Rd.
    East Lansing, MI 


  • Sunday, March 5, 2017

  • 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

  • Hannah Community Cente​​r 
    819 Abbot Rd.
    East Lansing, MI ​​

Register Here​ ​

​Other Michigan

Class Locations 

If you cannot make any of the local classes, you may attend at any other MI location. Other classes can be found at this LINK​

Entry Level

Referee Classess

  • ​​Saturday, March 25, 2017

  • 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

  • Hannah Community Cente​​r 
    819 Abbot Rd.
    East Lansing, MI ​​​​


  • Sunday, March 26, 2017
  • 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M
  • Hannah Community Cente​​r 
    819 Abbot Rd.
    East Lansing, MI​ ​​​

Register Here

Jackson-area entry-level class in either January or February is planned and will be finalized in the next few weeks.​​

USSF Fitness Test​

Conducted annually. Please check The Michigan Referee Committee website to find dates and locations. 


All referees are welcome to test, but please note the following:

1. FT will again follow the USSF Sprint & Interval Testing format

2. FT is a requirement for Upgrading (USSF Grades 8 to 7 and 7 to 6) in 2016

3. FT is an annual requirement for:

  • State Referees
  • USSF Development Academy assignments
  • ECNL assignments
  • MRL assignments

4. Injured State Referees may claim a single, one-year exemption from FT

5. FT is a prerequisite for any Referee seeking:

  • Out-of-Michigan assignments from the SRA or SYRA
  • MPSL and MUSL assignments, if no prior Adult Amateur experience

​6. FT is performed locally within MRC Districts:

  • Events are scheduled, and Referees register for participation, on GameOfficials (GO)
  • No separation of Referee Grades and Upgrade Candidates


July 16, 2016

9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M

East Lansing High School Track
509 Burcham Drive
East Lansing, MI 48823


There is no charge for taking the fitness test, but you need to register through Game Officials .

​ If you cannot attend this fitness test, you can find another location at Michigan Refs Game Officials link.​