Soccer referee - Salary and Career
Sports referees

Soccer 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 Soccer referee earn

A Soccer referee 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 Soccer referee

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 Soccer referee

Sports referees must:

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

  • Activities

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


    Sectors that hire Soccer referee the most in the job market

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    • production and promotion of sports events
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    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights
    • other professional, scientific and technical activities




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