Why Become a Soccer Referee?

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If you’re on this site, you’ve at least considered the idea of putting on the jersey, badge, and whistle and taking charge of a game.  Refereeing can be an enjoyable and fun experience, and a great way to stay involved in the beautiful game of soccer.  People Referee for a Variety of reasons; My kids play, I used to Play, My sibling plays so I am already there, or a simple love of the game. Read on for some of the great benefits of being a Referee!


EXERCISE

Refereeing a soccer game is good exercise.  You can be outside and run around, enjoy exciting games, and make a few dollars.  It can keep you in shape for your own sports, help you lose weight, or just have some fun. Moving and staying active is one of the most important steps you can take for your own health and refereeing has both of those built right in.


THE KIDS

The game needs referees.  Referees are there to make sure the game is fair, fun, and safe.  You are doing a service to the community and to the players, coaches, and fans.  Just remember, people have been playing the beautiful game for a long time and some of the best games ever played were in backyards, parks, or backstreets without a single fan, coach, or referee.  Just players who wanted to play and just enjoy kicking the ball around.  You are not bigger than the game but are there to serve the game.


CHALLENGE

Life is full of challenges and being a referee is a perfect way to learn how to meet them head-on and know that you can handle them.  Soccer is an emotional game.  Players get excited.  Fans get excited.  Coaches get excited.  Learning how to cope with their emotions while keeping yours in check will serve you well throughout your life.  Other challenges are pushing yourself to learn more, run longer and faster, and work better with your partners. Simply put, you can push yourself to improve with each match you work.  As the referee, you are in charge and your decision is final.  However, that does not mean you are not responsible for your actions and decisions, or that you are all-powerful.  A referee who officiates because of the power usually does not last long.  Players, coaches, fans, and fellow officials sense this power hunger and soon want to avoid you.


MONEY

There are not too many things that a young person can do that pay as well as being a soccer referee. You can work a few hours and make some pretty good money.  As you improve and work higher-level games, the money improves.  The hourly rate is higher than working at a fast-food restaurant and you get to work outside.  Don’t kid yourself though.  You won’t get rich and the season does not go year-round.  There will be some weekends where you want to do other things.  The money is good but it’s not worth it all by itself.  You need to look for more than just money to enjoy being a referee.


KNOWLEDGE

Knowledge is a great thing.  The more you know, the more you can do and see.  With complete knowledge of the Laws of the Game, you are a better referee, a better player, a better coach, and a better fan.  This online training and the field session that follows is the beginning of this journey to learn more about the game and the Laws. The laws change and get adjusted in small ways each year, so there is always the opportunity to learn. As a coach, I always encouraged my players to referee for a lot of these reasons, but the best and simplest reason: You will see the game differently as a Referee or Assistant Referee, and that knowledge will carry over with you as a player and improve your game.


FRIENDSHIP

Becoming a Soccer official is a great way to meet friends that have similar interests. You will get to work with a variate year of people referee mentors and instructors. The referee community in Northern California is a very family-friendly atmosphere, and you will have the chance to make friends with officials from all over the state.   Working with different referees helps you understand how different people can be so much like you and that you have as much to learn from them as they have to learn from you.  Some of the people you will meet will become your friends for the rest of your life.  Take the time to get to know them in the ref tent. The laughter and stories there are one of the best parts of being a youth soccer official.

The above content is courtesy of https://www.wyomingsoccerreferee.com/why-become-a-referee

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