How to Become a Soccer Referee in Georgia (Info and Alternatives)

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If you’re considering becoming a soccer referee in Georgia, here are the key things you need to know.

Options to Become a Soccer Referee in Georgia

There are several different ways to become a soccer referee in Georgia. Some organizations require you to pay for training and registration fees before you can work. Others follow traditional hiring practices and don’t charge new referees anything.

There are many referee jobs you can get with no previous experience. Moving up to higher level and higher-paying games usually requires gaining experience on lower level games first.

There are several places you can look for referee jobs.

Adult Soccer Referee Jobs in Georgia

Most local recreational leagues hire their own referees. Contact the league directly for more information.

More competitive leagues may hire referees certified by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) through the Georgia Soccer Referee Program. To obtain your referee badge, you must first register and then pay a fee.




Youth Soccer Referee Jobs in Georgia

Like adult soccer, there is a mix of different leagues. Recreational leagues often hire directly. Travel clubs may use USSF-certified referees.




Georgia High School Soccer Referee Jobs

Georgia high schools play under the Georgia High School Association. If you have experience in other sports, you can become an official for those sports as well.

College Student Soccer Referee Jobs

College students often take advantage of all of the above options. They’re able to fit in their referee schedule around their school work. They also have the ability to earn extra income both at home and at school.

How old do you have to be to ref soccer in Georgia?

Under Georgia child labor law, minors must be at least 12 years old to work. Employers subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act must follow the federal minimum age of 14.

Some organizations may have their own minimum age requirements for applicants to meet their hiring needs. Some higher-level leagues may only use adult officials.

What other jobs are good for teenagers?

Publix is one of the largest employers of teenagers and offers stock, college tuition assistance, and the ability to promote to store management and corporate positions. Other local grocery stores and fast food chains also commonly hire teenagers.

How much do soccer referees make in Georgia?

Referees are usually paid per game. Georgia high school games pay $70 for varsity and $65 for sub-varsity. Youth leagues typically pay around $22 to $60 depending on age.

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