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Officials and Referee Jobs in the Chicagoland Area and Beyond

Are you looking for a job where you could be outside in the sunshine and enjoying sports you love? Referee and umpire jobs for sporting events in the Chicago Metro Area & Northern IL will give you job satisfaction, experience, and weekly pay all while having fun.

What are the Requirements? What to Expect

Intrigued by the idea of refereeing? Unsure what to expect? Let’s dive in.

Who’s Eligible to Apply?

Whether you’re in it for the love of the game, you’re intrigued by the youth referee/umpire job description, or you just want to stay in shape over the summer, this is a great place to start. We hire individuals ages 14 and up to officiate for youth sports programs in the Chicagoland area and beyond.

Training Videos/Education

Maybe you don’t know the duties of an umpire or referee beyond wearing a funky shirt. That’s okay because we hire at all levels of skill and experience. As long as you’re motivated to succeed, we’ll give you the tools to do so. By the time you’ve completed our three-session referee training program, you’ll be well on your way to officiating your first game.


We understand that you may eat, breathe, and sleep sports, but we all need to come up for air once in a while. That’s why we offer flexible scheduling. You work when you’re available, so your job fits everything from your busy life to the SAT prep classes or extra college credits you’re taking over the summer.

Expected Pay

What do you get for your time? The job is a rewarding one, but we know that you’ve got bills to pay and big aspirations. That’s why we pay between $14 and $22 per hour depending on your level of experience. That’s far more than you’d get for most summer employment.

Job Outlook/Career Path

Maybe you’ve got dreams of going pro one day. On the other hand, maybe you’re more comfortable in a chess club than you’d be with a baseball bat in your hand, but you’ve got a knack for rules and regulations. The experience you’ll gain in dealing with your peers and the public has applications in many professions, and it will be valuable to you even if a career in sports is the furthest thing from your mind.

Why Choose Official Finders?

Throughout the Chicago metro area and Northern Illinois, youth sports organizations turn to Official Finders because our youth referees are knowledgeable, reliable, and trustworthy. And more than 1,500 area kids love working with us thanks to flexible scheduling, fair pay, and the love of the game. 


It’s easy to get started.  Our online application and three training sessions will get you on your way to your next officiating job. 


And if you’re a local sports organization, you’ll benefit, too.


  • We scout and source officiating talent, concession stand workers and other key labor

  • We provide discounts on sports equipment 

  • We handle scheduling, keeping things worry-free

  • You save time, resources, and money. 


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