Payday for Referees

Last week I was reading Columbus Soccer Referee (CSR) who is currently working at Regionals is blogging it all week long…He was writing about still waiting on a paycheck from a tournament worked a month ago.  It was ironically close an email I had received saying we would be getting our season paychecks soon since last Wednesday our association treasure was meeting with the president to sign checks.  It got me thinking when was the last league game and why does it take so long….So here are some facts around the timing for my area…

  • Last regular season game was May the 3rd.
  • My last regular season game was May the 1st.
  • We were told in Feb. we would have check before regionals (hopefully long before regionals).
  • Region IV Regionals ended this past Sunday
  • Last Wednesday we were told (and I quote) “For everyone waiting for regular season and State Cup checks, I have been advised that the SWISRA President and Treasurer will be meeting Wednesday evening to sign checks…..For the Fall, we are looking into a new payment system that will get everyone there money much quicker.”
  • The second half was promised for the spring last Dec.
  • As of today the 24th still no check.

So this leads me to ask….How do other area’s handle paying you for regular season games????

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2 Responses to “Payday for Referees”

  1. CSR Says:

    In Columbus, there’s Mid-Ohio Select Soccer League (MOSSL) which is the largest and entry-level youth league. Referees are paid immediately prior to the match. Buckeye Premier Soccer League works the same way, with half the funds coming from each team. In the MRL matches I’ve done, it’s worked the same way.

    My statement on the matter is this. . .it’s a big deal to ALL referees. The entry-level referees generally just want their money. The referees who are serious generally don’t referee for the money – but they don’t want to be jerked around about the money either. When a league or tournament wonders why they have problems attracting quality referees, they generally don’t ask themselves about the factors that would keep quality officials away – inferior competition, inferior pay, getting jerked around on getting paid, ploitical BS. And if they are asking themselves why referees wouldn’t want to work for them, they’re probably not being really honest with themselves on the answers.

    Refereeing soccer matches is a tough enough job as it is without feeling like the league or tournament administrator doesn’t take care of the referees.

  2. Allen Says:

    I’m pretty sure when I did it years ago they paid us every week.

    And they wonder why they can’t find a many good refs when they pull crap like this? It’s annoying enough to put up with all the other things. But not paying you for a season until the season is over is wrong. Teams have to pay money before they play. They should have the money to pay you each time you play a game. That aside, to tell you you’ll get it before date X and fail to get them out for a couple weeks after that is an insult.

    Now you may be saying “chill out, it’s not that big of thing”. I disagree. IMHO the actions of an organization reflect the organization’s core values. Unfortunately they don’t value referees.

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