Referee (soccer) - Salary and Career
Sports referees

Referee (soccer) - 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 Referee (soccer) earn

A Referee (soccer) earns between $1.485 and $11.567 per month, with an average monthly salary of $4.432 and a median salary of $3.924 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 111 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Referee (soccer)

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 4.432 53.179 1.108 21
1º Quartile 1.485 17.821 371 7
Median Salary 3.924 47.088 981 18
3º Quartile 8.822 105.859 2.205 41
Higher Salary 11.567 138.806 2.892 54


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 Referee (soccer)

Sports referees must:

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

  • Activities

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


    Sectors that hire Referee (soccer) the most in the job market

    • social, sports and similar clubs
    • other sports activities
    • other recreation and leisure activities
    • production and promotion of sports events
    • agency of professionals for sports, cultural and artistic activities
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    • other professional, scientific and technical activities
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights




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