WMYSA Select matches are officiated by one of two Referee Associations. The Southwest Michigan Soccer Referee Association (SWMSRA) officiates matches in Van Buren, Berrien and Cass County, The West Michigan Soccer Referee Association (WMSRA) officiates matches in St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, Allegan, Calhoun & Branch County,
Elite matches will be officiated by one of three referee associations. SWMSRA, WMSRA and Grand Valley Soccer Officials Association (GVSOA).
Unlike some other leagues, WMYSA pays the referee assignor fees for all home games directly to the appropriate referee associations. Those fees are already built into the team fees charged by WMYSA.
WMYSA encourages its clubs to try and help recruit officials for your area. This will ensure greater flexibility in scheduling of games
Game match card information should be uploaded through SportsForms within 48 hours of the match. The home team should provide the official match card sheet for the game.
When a referee shows to the fields and the team(s) do not show up, the referee(s) shall fill out the following form for submission to WMYSA to verify any payment due: Referee Payment.
WMYSA board has approved moving forward with a Referee Scholarship Program.
- Scholarship program began on July 1, 2022, Awards will not be given out if completion of Grassroots was before July 1, 2022.
- Any new official that completes the Grassroots program and is validated as an active member to WMSRA or SWMSRA will be considered.
- Definition of new official is one who has not held an active USSF certification and referee association membership in the past three years.
- Upon validation of applicant from the referee association, WMYSA will issue a $200 scholarship award to the new official.
- It is expected the new official remains active with the referee association for at least 12 months and accepts assigned games during this timeframe.
2018-2019 Small Sided Rules WMYSA Referee Handbook
Each home team is responsible for specific game referee fees as shown below. In U11 and older games if one of the officials does not show up for the game, the other officials are not entitled to the extra pay. If only one official shows up they are entitled to the additional fee as described below.
If a game is terminated for weather, the field is deemed unplayable by the referee or the site manager, or other reason the game cannot be played after the referee arrives at field the referee is entitled to full pay.
Referee Fee Structure ~ updated 8/2021
Miscellaneous Game Information
|Age||Game Length||Format||Ball Size||Goal Size||Min. Participating Players||Max. Participating Players|
|9U-10U||2 x 25 min||7 v 7||4||6′ x 12′||5||12|
|11U-12U||2 x 30 min||9 v 9||4||6′ x 18′||7||15|
|13U-14U||2 x 35 min||11 v 11||5||8′ x 24′||7||18|
|15U-16U||2 x 40 min||11 v 11||5||8′ x 24′||7||18|
|17U-19U||2 x 45 min||11 v 11||5||8′ x 24′||7||18|
-Before every game, both coaches shall provide the referee with a current WMYSA official roster and game sheet indicting the team lineup and providing for referee reporting and player pass cards.
-The referee must check player pass cards against the official team roster. With the exception of those players being utilized under the Pass Card System (PCS), players not listed on the official team roster will not be allowed to play.
-Each coach utilizing players under the PCS must inform the opposing team and present the player’s primary player card to the referees and ensure they are listed on the game day game card. Maximum number of player passes used is 5 per game (Elite Division is restricted to 3 passes per game), and participating player count cannot exceed roster limits
– Players without pass cards having been issued may not play. Special Note: Any player included on the game sheet under the Pass Card System MUST have their primary player card or electronic photo in order to play. Any player listed on the WMYSA Official Roster without a pass card must provide their name, signature, and date of birth on the back of the game sheet.