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How much does a Professional FIFA Soccer Referee make per Year/Game? Average Annual Pro MLS Soccer Ref Salary Range

With FIFA and the MLS dominating TV viewership around the world, many people are asking the question: how much do the referees make? The average salary for a professional soccer referee is $21,000 per year. While this may not seem like a lot compared with NBA ref salaries, for example, remember that soccer referees do not have as many responsibilities and it is generally done part-time, much like football referees. In general, soccer referees are paid by the game rather than by the season. The average payment per game is $650. This payment can range anywhere from $550-$850 depending on how many games that they referee. FIFA players' salaries are generally much higher. The same is true about FIFA coach salaries.

For more information about referee salaries, check out our article on hockey referees, NBA referees, and baseball umpires.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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by Rachel Bassett on Sat, 06/19/2010 - 02:36

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