Welcome to the New home of
Lakes Area Youth Soccer League
The Michigan State Youth Soccer Association will be holding
Referee Certifications & Recertification's for grades 9, 8, & 7 for this spring. If you have taken a class in August of 2015, you are all set until the end of 2016.
If you have any questions, you may check out the state referee website and pre-register for the class.
There are a number of items you need to be aware of if you will be officiating here at Lakes Area. Below you will find a check list as to some of the questions you might face during an officiating assignment. You may click on the link below and keep with you a quick checklist on these items.
1. Referee instructions.
- Primary Referee shirt should be yellow, but if you have other colors, bring them along with
you. If any of the teams you will officiating for are similar color to you, you are the one that
must change the shirt. Black shorts without any name brand or logos on them and black
socks; which will need to be pulled up to just under the knee.
You may wear any type of long sleeve under garments under your referee shirt, but the color
must be black. Those that are found to be 'out of uniform' will find themselves not being
invited to officiate many games.
- Make sure you have your current referee patch, whistle, watch, flags, red & yellow cards,
sun block, plenty of water or other re-hydration of your choice, rain gear if it does rain for
your person and your gear (Bags to cover your stuff) and anything else you may think of to
make your officiating an enjoyable one.
- Payments this year will be in cash and on the spot by the home team coach BEFORE the
- Remember, YOU are in charge of the game once you arrive at the premises. You have
control over the game, parents, players and coaches. Be polite, yet firm.
- Assistant Referee's, (AR's). If are assigned to be an AR, go over game day procedures with
the head referee. They will guide you in what to call and what not to call. If in doubt about a
call allow the head referee to make that decision.
2. Game Times and Age Groups.
U-8's: 2 - 25 minute half's with a 5 minute break in between.
(LAYSL) New Heading Rule: https://youtu.be/DZWZQ01K_Sk
U-9's, U-10's: 2 -25 minute half's with a 5 minute break in between.
(WSSL Rec) New Heading Rule: https://youtu.be/DZWZQ01K_Sk
U-11's, U-12's: 2 - 30 minute half's with a 5 minute break in between.
(WSSL Select & Rec) New Heading Rule for U-11's ONLY: https://youtu.be/DZWZQ01K_Sk
U-13's, U-14's, HSO (High School Open) 6v6:
2 - 35 minute half's with a 5 minute break in between.
(MSPSP, WSSL Select & Rec)
U-15's, U-16's, U-19's, HSO (High School Open) 11v11:
2 - 40 minute half's with a 5 minute break in between.
(WSSL Select & Rec)
Lakes Area Youth Soccer League will be utilizing the Game Officials program to schedule referees for all of the games being played in within LAYSL.
If you would like to referee in LAYSL, you must click on 'LAYSL' league option in your profile set up.
If you have not set your availability into the system, please do so at your earliest convenience, so that you may considered for being scheduled to games.Invitations are continuous and if you would like to be considered, get into the system with your availability and then zip an email to the referee assignor located on the contact page about your intentions. If you are listed in the system and receive an invite to referee a or multiple games, please respond to the invite. If you allow the invite to "Auto Decline - No Response In Specified Time Frame", then your name will go to the bottom of the list for future invitations. Be courteous and respond to the invitation.
(Click on the link above to take you to the page)
Here you will find information if you're refereeing here at Lakes Area. Below there is an incredible amount of info for you when you step onto the field and officiate games.