Emilie Buse

I began officiating in 2003 and became a National Assistant Referee in 2012. I took the entry level course after my parents signed me up for it, and kept going because I enjoyed it. At first it was a nice side job, but then it became an experience where I learned how to provide conflict resolution and multi-task. I have continued to referee because of my passion for the game.

I completed my entry level course in Albany, NY and have officiated in the CDYSL and CDSL leagues there. Beginning with my collegiate years, I then spent time working with leagues in  Westchester county, including EHYSL, EDSL, CSL, Liga de Yonkers, Mount Kisco League. I have worked the ENYYSA State Cup finals as well. I am involved with Developmental Academy, and was selected for the Finals in 2011. I also officiate in PDL, WPSL Elite and W-League. I was an AR in WPS in 2011. I have officiated in three FIFA international games as well.

The most important game in my career was between the Canadian WNT and Brazilian WNT. That was my first international match as an AR, and was an empowering experience. It still inspires me now as an official.

At the entry level, I did not realize that I would gain two things that have helped me become a stronger referee: the mentors I have gathered over the years and the network of officials that I can rely upon for advice. I have some wonderful friendships that have developed because of refereeing, and people I can turn to for feedback.