If you’re considering becoming a soccer referee in North Carolina, here are the key things you need to know.
Options to Become a Soccer Referee in North Carolina
There are several different ways to become a soccer referee in North Carolina. Some companies require you to pay for training. Others recognize the desperate lack of referees and don’t charge any fees. Many jobs are available that don’t require previous experience. Higher-level (and usually higher-paying) games require you to work at lower levels first.
There are several places you can look for referee jobs.
Adult Soccer Referee Jobs in North Carolina
Many local recreational leagues employ their own referees. Contact the league directly to see if they have any open positions.
More competitive leagues may hire referees certified by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) through the North Carolina Soccer Referees Association. You must first register and then pay a fee to obtain your referee badge.
Youth Soccer Referee Jobs in North Carolina
Like adult soccer, there is a mix of different leagues. Recreational leagues often hire directly. Travel clubs may use USSF-certified referees.
North Carolina High School Soccer Referee Jobs
North Carolina high schools play under the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. If you have experience in other sports, you can also become an official for those sports.
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 North Carolina?
Under North Carolina child labor law, minors must be at least 14 years old to work.
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.
If you’re hiring referees, you should be aware of the potential civil and criminal liabilities of not following the child labor laws, especially if something happens to a minor while working (even if it’s never been a problem before). Referee assignors will typically be liable personally for any violations even if the organization who hired you said it was OK (and they will almost certainly not back you if there is a lawsuit). In addition to the minimum age requirements, be sure to research things like required breaks and the maximum hours minors can work.
What other jobs are good for teenagers?
Publix is one of the largest employers of teenagers and offers stock and college tuition assistance. Other local grocery stores and fast-food chains also commonly hire teenagers.
How much do soccer referees make in North Carolina?
Referees are usually paid per game. North Carolina has statewide rates ranging from $15 to $60 per game.