How to become a football referee? We tell you

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Despite the fact that many people see the football referee as the focus of their criticism, there are others who do not hesitate to train to make it their professional career. That is why we encourage those who are passionate about the rules of football to pursue their passion.

In fact, most referees tend to combine this work with another profession, so it is a way of having another source of income that is generally received on weekends, when they have a break from their “normal” job. This is undoubtedly one of the factors that attracts young people to enter the world of refereeing.

Requirements for employment as a football referee

In order to be able to referee at the highest level, the Royal Spanish Football Federation offers a series of training courses through the Technical Committee of Referees. Candidates who wish to register must do so through the regional federation of their autonomous region.

Those students who wish to work as referees must meet the following requirements.

Age: it depends on the regional federation, but a minimum age of 14 or 16 years old and a maximum age of 26 or 29 years old is usually established.
Physical tests: although the fitness of referees does not have to be as good as that of players, they must complete the 90 minutes at a good pace in order to follow the action closely. Although the minimum marks vary between men and women, speed is usually assessed over medium (40 metres) and long distances (2000 metres).
Not being a licensed player: in order to ensure the impartiality of the referee, it is not allowed to combine being a football player with being a member of a team.
Pay the examination fees.

Pathway to refereeing in the First Division

Obviously, in order to reach higher categories, experience must be gained in different divisions. The most common is to start with juvenile and infantile to move up to youth, regional and national level (First, Second and Third Divisions).
In this way, a trajectory is traced that is followed by the Technical Committee of Referees, which analyses and evaluates the characteristics of the referees and the appropriateness of including them at one level or another. To do this, it is not enough to master the rules, but the attitude of the players, coaches and public must also be managed, in the sense that external factors must be prevented from influencing refereeing decisions.
The training provided by the federations or approved centres contributes to a standardised refereeing style and allows refereeing criteria to be more homogeneous and better understood by professionals and amateurs.
The CTA carries out supervisory work to ensure that those who leave the training courses for referees have the necessary context to put into practice the concepts and tools provided. In this way, the theoretical and practical knowledge is reflected on the field of play with refereeing in accordance with the rules.