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Getting Started as a Sports Official in Northern IL and Northwest IN

If you want to make a difference just as much as you want to make a paycheck, you’ve come to the right place. Youth sports organizations in Northern IL and Northwestern IN turn to Official Finders when they need official assignors. That means that your start officiating youth sports in Illinois is both closer and easier than you think. It only takes three simple steps!


Build your own schedule.

Weekly pay.

Enjoy the game.

Become an official today


Create your own schedule using our powerful online software, HorizonWebRef.


Starting rates for youth officials is $20/hr and adults is $25/hr. Opportunities for promotions are available.


Opportunities for training online and in-person are available before and throughout the season.

No cost upfront.

All costs for dues, training, equipment, and uniform can be deferred to your paycheck, leaving no costs to pay upfront to begin.

Process and Requirements

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Submit an Application

Complete Online Training

Get gear and uniform from our online store

Create an Account on HorizonWebRef

Attend in-person training

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Step One: Fill Out The Application

Your first step will be to fill out our application. Let’s address a few common questions before you click.

Step Two: Attend Official Training


Every sport we play has some kind of rules, even if that “sport” is dodgeball or hide-and-seek. A qualified referee helps to ensure the game is fair and stays on track. Making sure you’re qualified is important, which is why our sports official training sessions are mandatory. Consisting of a combination of online and in-person orientation. When you’re done, you’ll have what you need to start as a youth sports official in Northern IL.

Step Three: Purchase Gear at Our Official Store


These aren’t pickup games among friends. They’re run by youth sports organizations

with high standards for players and officials alike. That means you’ll need to be outfitted

with an appropriate uniform, and any of the gear that’s needed to effectively and safely

officiate a game. Our sports official store will ensure that you have everything you need:


Who Can Apply?

Official Finders hires individuals ages 13 and up to officiate youth sports programs in the Chicagoland area. Maybe you love a particular sport, or you want to stay active, or you just need a paycheck. As long as you’re motivated, we’ll work with you.


How Does Training Work?

Great question. If you already know the rules of your chosen sport, you have a head start. Even if you don’t, don’t worry; our referee training program will ensure that you have the knowledge to be a great official.


Is the Schedule Flexible?

Our employees are mostly high school and college students, so we understand that you’ve got a busy life filled with studies and extracurriculars and that you still need time to blow off a little steam now and then. So you let us know when you’re available, and we’ll let you know where you’re needed during those times.


How’s the Pay?

Better than what you’d get for many other jobs. Depending on your experience and tenure with Official Finders, we pay between $18 and $35 per hour, which is more than you get from many other after-school or summer jobs.

Why Choose Official Finders?


Usually, in sports, someone wins and someone loses. At Official Finders, our priorities are different. We believe in fair play, not only on the field but off of it; that, in turn, means running our business in a way that ensures everyone — officials, organizations, and fans of the game — wins. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our officiating opportunities, or how your organization can cultivate the next generation’s leadership skills by hiring a qualified youth sports referee!

It really is that simple - we have designed the hiring process to be quick and easy!

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