Here’s what you need to know about how to become a soccer referee in Ohio and the information you need to decide if it’s worth it.
Options to Become a Soccer Referee in Ohio
There are several different ways to become a soccer referee in Ohio. 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 several places you can look for referee jobs. Check Indeed, Craigslist, and local league websites for additional openings.
Adult Soccer Referee Jobs in Ohio
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 Ohio North State Referee Committee or Ohio South State Referee Committee. To obtain your referee badge, you must first register and then pay a fee.
Youth Soccer Referee Jobs in Ohio
Like adult soccer, there is a mix of different leagues. Recreational leagues often hire directly. Travel clubs may use USSF-certified referees.
Ohio High School Soccer Referee Jobs
Ohio high schools play under the Ohio State Athletic 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 balance their referee schedule around their academic responsibilities. They also have the potential to earn extra income both at home and at school.
What qualifications do you need to be a referee in soccer?
You can become a soccer referee in the lowest level games with no experience at all. Playing experience is helpful. Parents who never played and officials from other sports often struggle with the nuances of the game.
As you advance to higher levels, there are specific experience and testing requirements to earn your place in those games.
How do you become an NCAA soccer referee?
NCAA referees typically come from the highest adult and youth games, so the first step is working up towards those games. Many active NCAA referees continue working those games and can guide you through the next steps.
How do you become a professional soccer referee?
Professional soccer referees also work up through the youth and amateur ranks. Referees interested in working professional games should first work on becoming a regional referee.
You should know that the odds of becoming a professional referee are similar to becoming a professional athlete. There are only about 30 full-time professional referees in the country out of thousands of referees vying for these positions. Because PRO is unionized and has little turnover, there are only a handful of openings each year.
How old do you have to be to ref soccer in Ohio?
Under Ohio child labor law, minors must be at least 14 years old to work and are also subject to restrictions on the number of hours they can work.
Some organizations may have higher minimum age requirements for referees to meet the needs of their competitions. Some higher-level leagues may only use adult officials.
Parents should monitor their child’s schedules and be aware of assignors attempting to schedule young referees without adequate breaks or time to eat. Assignors should carefully research their legal obligations as they are subject to civil and criminal penalties if they violate the law and something happens to a minor while working (even if it was never a problem before).
What other jobs are good for teenagers?
Many major retailers and fast food chains offer competitive hourly wages, college tuition assistance, and potential career opportunities in management or at the corporate level.
Check out Side Hustles for Teens to see more options.
How much do soccer referees make in Ohio?
Referees are usually paid per game. Games range from $25 to $70 depending on the level.
You can find out what you’ll owe in taxes at Referee Tax Guide.