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Football referee pay scale UK

For many years football referees in the professional game weren’t paid for their work in any of the professional leagues. So every boo or cheer from the grand stand was being suffered or accepted without any financial remuneration. Of course referees have been professional since the 2002 / 2003 season and there’s plenty of money in it. The football referee pay scale in the UK rewards those who referee the Premier League games but the Football League referees also earn well.
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Premier League

As with the footballers themselves, the Barclays Premier League is the place to be. On average Premier League referees earn four times the amount awarded to referees in the Football League. Select Group referees, which are a collection of refs who are appointed by the Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOB), earn their money from various leagues and competitions but they mainly referee in the topflight. Their earnings are at least £65,000 per annum which is topped up with a £1,000 per match bonus when they take control of a Premier League match. Officiating one match in each round of the competition would give them a £38,000 bonus meaning more than £100,000 a year.

Football League

Refs in the Football League operate as part of the National Group. These guys are not under contract at all so they’re paid on a match by match basis. Their money is also less than the bonus the Premier League refs earn as they get something like £380 per match. This freelance basis means no job security and the pay only amounts to a quarter of the wages taken home by topflight refs, which is still something like £25,000 for doing a job they must really enjoy. Some commentators believe that this disparity in wages is the reason that so few good referees are coming through. Perhaps the English topflight will look to foreign referees in the future.

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