Friday, April 4, 2008

MLS Referee Pay

How much do MLS referees make?

Originally Posted by MLS Handbook
2006 MLS Referee Compensation Package
• Referees are ranked 1-25 based on 2005 performance
A. Payment Schedule
Referee Category A, ranking 1-5 $800.00
Referee Category B, ranking 6-10 $700.00
Referee Category C, ranking 11-13 $600.00
Referee Category D, ranking 14-25 $400.00
FIFA Assistant Referee Either SAR or JAR $340.00
Senior Assistant Referee SAR $275.00
Junior Assistant Referee JAR $275.00
Fourth Officials 4th $200.00
Referees, traveling AR’s, and fourth Officials receive travel, local transportation, hotel and $44.00 per Diem. AR’s and
Fourth Official, when local (i.e. domiciled within 100 miles of the stadium), receive actual auto mileage (.445/mile), tolls,
etc. up to $50.00. Local officials may not claim per Diem. Whenever possible, local officials shall travel together.
2006 Playoff Compensation
First Round Games Second Round Games
Referee $1,000.00 $1,200.00
SAR $400.00 $500.00
JAR $400.00 $500.00
Fourth $400.00 $500.00
*Plus regular season travel, local transportation, hotel and per diem.
MLS Cup
Referee $1,500.00
SAR $750.00
JAR $750.00
Fourth $750.00
*Plus regular season travel, local transportation, hotel and per diem.
C. Pre/Post Season Exhibition Games - in stadium venue / admission charged
Referee - $185.00; SAR - $135.00; JAR - $110.00; Fourth Official - $75.00
D. Pre-season Practice Games – closed door or no admission charged
Referee - $125.00; SAR - $75.00; JAR - $75.00; Fourth Official - $50.00
E. Regular Season International Exhibition – in stadium venue / admission charged
Rate shall apply as determined by US Soccer
F. MLS vs. USL Teams – admission charged – see payment Category C
G. MLS vs. Lamar Hunt Open Cup/US Soccer National Teams – in stadium venue / admission charged US Soccer
rate shall apply for all Lamar Hunt Open Cups games.
H. MLS Reserve Team Games
Referee - $220.00; SAR – $110.00 JAR - $110.00 Fourth Official - $60.00
I. Other – see payment Category C

These stats are from a few years back, but they're probably pretty accurate for what a referee can expect to make today.

2 comments:

Kyle said...

OK i don't know who annonomous thinks he is but when you can tell me you have put in the time and effort to recieve that pay feel free to complain, when you've felt the pressure the job brings you can complain, when you have stood on a field knowing that thousands of people are counting on you to NEVER screw up you can complain. Once you've felt all of these emotions at once and realize the referee's aren;t perfect and neither are you i might add, then you can tell the world who is a bad referee. Quite honestly sir regain your tact when you know the amount of work and training is put into refereeing and the amount of sacrifice we have to give to be referees at the lower level to reach that paycheck you can once again complain but when you have no idea what you are talking about feel free to be quite and learn what your complaining about, especially when it is at the expense of the group of referees and not just one who might have had a bad day so get off your high horse because obviously you haven't a clue what your talking about

Mark said...

Any casual fan, no matter how knowledgeable about the game might feel qualified to be a critic. Players might feel qualified to be critics (and usually the less experience - the more criticism). Even those who have refereed at lower levels (but obviously failed to read the USSF Officials Code of Conduct) may feel qualified to be critics of professional referees. None of them, however, has any concept of the dificulty of the task. Any clod can cite a list of wrong or missed calls. But who ever tallies the dozens of correct decisions that occur over 90 minutes? Get off the officials backs, and get yourself educated!