Field referee - Salary and Career
Sports referees

Field referee - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They ensure compliance with the regulation in sports competitions, controlling their progress, recording infractions, applying penalties and making the necessary markings to ensure the processing of these events within the rules established by Organs sports bodies.

How much does an Field referee earn

A Field referee earns between $1.304 and $6.359 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.418 and a median salary of $1.800 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 11 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Field referee

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.418 29.017 605 11
1º Quartile 1.304 15.653 326 6
Median Salary 1.800 21.600 450 8
3º Quartile 4.850 58.200 1.213 23
Higher Salary 6.359 76.314 1.590 30


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium-level technicians in cultural, communications and sports services
      • athletes, sportsmen
        • sports referees

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Main workplaces

Sports referees professionals work in different sports, working in competitions, tournaments, games and official events, in sports, recreational or associative entities, in education, etc. The vast majority of professionals are self-employed and can accumulate the role of sports referee with another occupation in the area, such as athlete, teacher, sports micro-entrepreneur, etc. Their work usually takes place on irregular dates and times, following the calendar of sporting events to which they are linked. In some activities, some professionals may work in adverse weather conditions, in uncomfortable positions for long periods, under psychological pressure.


What does it take to work in the field of Sports referees

Family occupations require different levels of minimum formal schooling, such as elementary school and high school. Vocational training can take place through basic qualification courses, lasting around two hundred hours. The desirable previous professional experience of the holders varies between more than one and five years, depending on the occupation.


Functions and activities of Field referee

Sports referees must:

  • observe posture consistent with sport referee activity;
  • examine the general infrastructure of the event;
  • observe posture consistent with sports referee activity;
  • observe posture consonant with sport referee activity;
  • managing the sports competition;
  • complementary arbitration;
  • applying rules and regulations;
  • participate in knowledge activities and arbitration rules update;
  • observe posture consistent with sports referee activity;
  • maintain physical and psychological conditioning;
  • observe posture befitting sport referee activity;
  • observe posture consistent with sport referee activity;
  • manage the sports competition;
  • participate in arbitration rules awareness and update activities;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • communicate;
  • observe posture consistent with the activity of a sports referee;
  • participate in knowledge activities and update of arbitration rules;
  • complement the arbitration;
  • manage the sporting competition;
  • complement to arbitration;
  • fulfill your entity's requests;
  • enforce rules and regulations;
  • participate in arbitration rules knowledge and update activities;
  • complementary referee;

  • Activities

    • making decisions during competition;
    • recognize the functions of the refereeing team members;
    • follow the calls of your entities;
    • visually inform the competition addition period;
    • verbally inform the final time of the competition;
    • respect the performance of the refereeing team members;
    • record the score;
    • fulfill the calls of your entities;
    • participate in arbitration courses;
    • request the removal of unauthorized persons from the competition area;
    • standardize the application of rules for the competition;
    • establish communication with the support team;
    • respect event participants;
    • check the conditions of the competition equipment;
    • develop peripheral vision;
    • show your physical and mental capacity during competition;
    • record substitutions;
    • master the rules and regulations in force;
    • perform theoretical and practical arbitration tests ;
    • participate in courses for category promotion;
    • preserving discipline during competition;
    • use sound equipment;
    • examine the competition venue;
    • verbally warn athletes of possible penalties;
    • demonstrate accumulated experiences as a competitor in the sport;
    • judging the actions of competitors;
    • demonstrate respect for hierarchy;
    • practice the sport;
    • maintain your physical and mental capacity after competition;
    • control the timing;
    • authorize athletes to participate;
    • recycle yourself;
    • confirm participation in events/competition;
    • inform availability;
    • register the athletes participating in the competition;
    • watch the performance of other arbitrators for improvement;
    • demonstrate emotional self-control;
    • verbally score athletes on possible valid techniques;
    • establish communication with the security team;
    • register with your entity;
    • approve the competition venue;
    • send reports to your entities;
    • check the facilities;
    • demonstrate suitability;
    • request a schedule exemption;
    • plan the way the refereeing team works;
    • inform availability;
    • communicate with coaches and captains about the progress of the competition;
    • record penalties;
    • inform the impossibility of meeting the scale;
    • call or introduce competitors;
    • prepare yourself physically and psychologically to act in the season;
    • preserving consistency during competition;
    • authorize the participation of athletes;
    • making decisions during competition;
    • control the substitution of athletes;
    • demonstrate ability to concentrate;
    • perform technical gestures/signals;
    • conduct with fairness during competition;
    • fail the competition venue;
    • report irregularities in the facilities/equipment;
    • act whenever external interference affects the smooth running of the competition;
    • participate in technical meetings;
    • acting whenever external interference affects the smooth running of the competition;
    • register medical care;
    • identify the team captain;
    • supervise the technical procedures of each modality;
    • remove periodic scale;
    • check the documentation of the athletes and the coaching staff;
    • conduct yourself impartially during competition;
    • record unforeseen occurrences during the competition;
    • preserving consistency throughout the competition;
    • delimit the area of operation of the press;
    • provide a medical certificate for training in the exercise of your activity (ad);
    • respect athletes;
    • exclude support group components during the competition;
    • recycle;
    • use visual equipment;
    • demonstrate self-criticism;
    • demonstrate ability to work in a team;
    • check the conditions of safety equipment;
    • deciding on cases not specified in the rules/regulations;
    • confirm participation in events/competition;
    • call or present the contestants;
    • decide on cases not specified in the rules/regulations;
    • operate the electronic or manual scoreboard;
    • acting in long journey events;
    • prepare yourself physically and psychologically to perform in the season;
    • operate electronic or manual scoreboard;
    • demonstrate knowledge about the fundamentals of the sport;
    • interpreting rules and regulations;
    • check the presence of medical assistance;
    • request the regularization of equipment;
    • acknowledge the presence of the support group;
    • plan the way the referee team works;
    • become aware of responsibilities;
    • establish communication with the medical team;
    • demonstrate common sense;
    • appear in uniform to competition venues;
    • work in adverse weather conditions;
    • avoid your performance in competitions involving clubs/athletes with who maintain ties;
    • check the policing conditions;
    • guide the support group action procedure;
    • preserve discipline during competition;
    • authorize support group presence;
    • standardize the application of rules for competition;
    • register athletes participating in the competition;
    • periodically demonstrate your physical and mental capacity before competition;
    • prevent the physical integrity of athletes;
    • behave ethically when active or not in sporting events;
    • appear in uniform at competition venues;
    • punishing athletes through signs and verbalization;
    • study current rules and regulations;
    • participate in internships;
    • remove periodic schedule;
    • fill in the competition summary;
    • participate in category promotion courses;
    • demonstrate authority;
    • request to prevent unauthorized persons from accessing the competition area;
    • conduct impartially during competition;
    • demonstrate objectivity;
    • attend punctually to competition venues;
    • use full physical and mental conditions in the exercise of the activity;
    • demonstrate personality;
    • standardizing the application of rules for the competition;


    Sectors that hire Field referee the most in the job market

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    • retail trade of new parts and accessories for motor vehicles
    • manufacture of machinery and equipment for specific industrial use, parts and accessories
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