How Much Do Premier League Referee

Refereeing at any level of football can be difficult, but how much do Refs earn for their troubles? The figure varies depending on experience and the level of competition they’re involved in refereeing.

So how much do Premier League Referees earn? Well, Refs in the top-flight of English football can earn as much as £70,000 per year. They receive a basic salary of between £38,500 and £42,000 per year. On top of that figure, they receive £1,150 per match they officiate.

One division down from the Premier League, Championship referees receive the same basic yearly retainer. However, the match payment is half that of a Premier League Referee at £600 per game.

Back in 2018, La Liga gave their referees a significant salary hike as part of a new agreement with their football officials. A top-flight referee in Spain now earns €296,423 (£267,718).

The top referees from across the world can also earn additional payments if they’re chosen to officiate European competitions. Champions League referees are divided into tiers depending on experience; Elite tier officials are paid over £5,500 per game. Elite Development referees get £3,800, while the bottom tier gets £700 per game.

WHO’S THE HIGHEST PAID REF?

Like those playing the game, this is a figure that continues to increase. Back in 2017, former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg signed a deal with the Saudi Arabian FA worth an alleged $650,000 per year. That helped make Clattenburg the highest-earning referee in any sport in the world.

In the table below (source TSM Sports) you can see the best-paid match officials in Premier League. It includes the referees selected regularly for Europa League and Champions League matches. Mike Dean, Michael Oliver and Martin Atkinson are said to earn over £200,000.

REFEREES          

Per Match Fees

Basic Salary

Martin Atkinson

£1,500

£200,000

Anthony Taylor

£1,500

£70,000

Mike Dean

£1,500

£200,000

Michael Oliver

£1,500

£200,000

Kevin Friend

£1,500

£70,000

Chris Kavanagh

£1,500

£70,000

Paul Tierney

£1,500

£70,000

Jonathan Moss

£1,500

£70,000

Andre Marriner

£1,500

£70,000

Stuart Attwell

£1,500

£70,000

Graham Scott

£1,500

£48,000

Craig Pawson

£1,500

£48,000

Lee Mason

£1,500

£48,000

David Coote

£1,500

£48,000

Simon Hooper

£1,500

£48,000

Peter Bankes

£1,500

£48,000

Andy Madley

£1,500

£48,000

HOW DOES THIS COMPARE TO OTHER SPORTS?

It’s reported that a Cricket Umpire can earn around $100,000 (£76,000). Those Umpires involved in the Indian Premier League can earn an extra $2,500 per match. The top umpires in Tennis are also well renumerated, earning approximately £35,000 per year.

In the USA, some incredible wages are available for a top referee or official in major league sports. A seasoned referee in the NBA earns $3,500 (£2,687) per game or $500,000 (£383,975) annually. In NFL referees now make an annual salary of around $205,000 (£157,492), an increase of around $56,000 from their previous amount.

HOW DO YOU BECOME A REFEREE?

It’s relatively easy to become a qualified Referee in England. According to the FA website, more and more people of all ages, genders, races, and abilities are getting into refereeing. Read More Here.

WHO IS THE MOST FAMOUS REFEREE?

Pierluigi Collina - Football Referee

Pierluigi Collina is up there as one of the most famous. Collina was a FIFA listed referee from 1995 to 2005 and was named FIFA’s “Best Referee of the Year” a record six consecutive times. He was involved in some huge matches during his time including the 2002 FIFA World Cup Final between Brazil and Germany and 1999 UEFA Champions League Final between Bayern Munich and Manchester United.

He even appeared on the front cover of Pro Evolution Soccer 3, considered as one of the best football games of the PlayStation 2 era.

Howard Webb is one of the most famous English referees. He retired from active refereeing on 6 August 2014 to serve as the Technical Director of the Professional Game Match Officials Board. In 2010, he became the first to referee the World Cup Final and Champions League Final in the same year.

IT PAYS THE BILLS

So, there you have it! Being a referee is not as lucrative as being a Premier League footballer. However, if your football skills aren’t up to Ronaldo’s standard or even the level of Phil Jones, you can still make a good living as a referee.



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