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Petoskey Youth Soccer Association


10 am- 1 pm, Location TBD, Petoskey MI
Minimum age is 13 years old.
See instructions below, all steps must be completed before in person class. 

10 am- Noon, Location TBD, Petoskey MI

Referee 7/8/9 Recertification (new USSF Grassroots Referee) is March 7, 2020 from 10 am-Noon. Registration is now open at You must sign up through your gameofficial account and complete the online tests BEFORE coming to the class. 

Necessary BEFORE recertification in-person class  
  • Game Officials session tracker; Concussion training and Test 
  • US Soccer registration and Course completion
  • SafeSport Certification (for 18 and older)
  • Referees should bring with them a flag, cards & whistle 
  • Wear non-skid shoes or indoor soccer shoes (outside shoes not permitted on gym floor)
  • Casual athletic clothes recommended for mechanics class

Please review the new Messages/News posted on your Game Officials HOME page - (Once you are logged in, make sure you change Identity to Group 1303, Registration, Learning and Course Management). 

ALL existing referees must sign up and create a profile at the US Soccer Learning Center to complete their 2020 recertification requirements. Instructions provided HERE.

As a reminder if you have not done so already….complete ALL five steps below to recertify as a Referee for 2020.
  • 1) All referees MUST navigate to the URL below to access the U.S. Soccer Learning Center and “Sign Up” or “Log In” to create a Referee profile.

    Use the same email and name that you previously have used for prior years registration. The new U.S. Soccer database will migrate your existing certifications to your new profile. 

    (Migration problems – please email [email protected])

  • 2) DO NOT complete the Background Check within the U.S. Soccer Learning Center (doing so will cost you $30 for which you will NOT be refunded). 

    a. All Michigan registered referees (18 years or older) complete their free background check when you register for a Recertification Course through Game Officials (follow step 5 instructions found below within this memo).

  • 3) All referees that are 18 years or older, must complete the Safe Sport Course. This FREE course is NOW available once you log in at:

    Click on “Courses”

    a. Then click on the “Available Courses” tab.

    b. Under “Supplemental courses” – click on “SafeSport” and follow the instructions.

  • 4) All existing Grade 9, Grade 8, and Grade 7 referees must also complete the FREE U.S. Soccer Online Grassroots Referee Course. Navigate to this URL:

    and follow the Pdf instructions (DLC Sign-up and Course registration) found on your Game Officials, group 1303, Home page.

  • 5) To complete your 2020 recertification, ALL referees must register for a course found in Game Officials, group 1303.

    a. Click on the “Courses” tab.

    b. Choose a convenient location to attend and register for the course.

    c. PRIOR to ATTENDING THE COURSE…Do Not forget to “Load Session Tracker”.

    i. Complete the Concussion module.

    ii. Complete the U11 Heading Podcast.

    iii. Don’t worry about any problems with the “Grassroot course to US Soccer Instruction Module” (complete step 4 instructions found above within this memo).


Uniform and Responsibilities

  • You are expected to be in the appropriate referee uniform. Please have black socks, shorts, or pants, and the NEW USSF uniform jersey. 
  • You are responsible for your own equipment; flags, watches, cards, whistles
  • You must check the NMSA calendar so you know; what teams are playing, who is responsible for paying you, what the pay rate is for the age, how long each half is and how long the halftime is

Inclement Weather?

If it is too hot or too cold, and you aren't comfortable calling games, NMSA has decided to leave up to the host coach/coaches to determine whether or not to continue gameplay. When in doubt, make sure you have the coaches contact info before the games and reach out to them. 

  • Play in rain, but not lightning, unless otherwise directed by Gary, Justin, or host coaches.
  • In the case of lightning, everyone needs to clear the field for 30 minutes from last lightning strike. The 30 minutes start over at last lightning strike.
  • People are not allowed under the pavilion with lightning.

Pre-game Field Protocol

  • Walk the field, check for safety; water spots, sprinkler heads, field closed signs, holes in nets. Let the host coach know if you see something that doesn't look right, before the game! 
  • Field Closed signs, must be removed and placed out of the way, far behind the net, not to the side, where a player could come in contact. Remeber to place them back where our Field  Manager had them after the games are finished. 

Pre-game Protocol

  • Coaches and/or Managers must give you a League certified roster and Passcards prior to starting the game. This guarantees us the player is insured. If they are not, our entire complex is at risk for liability. Coaches know this. 
  • You are responsible for checking in players prior to the game with roster/passcards and ensuring they are properly equipped with shin guards, soccer cleats, and no jewelry.
  • Coaches and Managers need to give you the weekly gamecard for your signatures, after each game. They are responsible for returning to NMSA after each weekend. 
  • HOME TEAM is responsible for PAYMENT for the game. Refer to the PYSA referee schedule if you need to reference on game day.  It is structured so that each team should only be paying for one game per day. Coaches and/or Managers will pay you before the game, you can request if they have forgotten. Review the schedule before the game so you know who is responsible for each game. 
  • Coaches and Managers are responsible for the CORNER FLAGS, but if they are forgotten, please help us out and return them to the pump house in front (the one by field 10).

Fan's Code of Conduct

We have extra cards in the office/concession building that you can add to your ref bag. Hand them out as you feel necessary. They are also online at

There are links to the right that are useful, review NMSA rules, fees, and have fun! 
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