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Northern IL Sports Officials:
Get Started With Training & Equipment

Some people live and breathe sports. They have dreams of being the next LeBron, or a hot prospect for the Cubs. But there’s more than one way to thrive on the field, and many Official Finders employees have found their place not by playing the game, but as sports officials in Northern IL and Northwest IN. Will you be one of them? 

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Ready To Officiate Sporting Events in Illinois & Northern Indiana?

Are you new to officiating? Don't know where to start? Don't worry - we have training for multiple seasonal sports and you can get all the equipment you need at our official store!

Why Aspiring Officials Choose Official Finders


Besides offering officiating opportunities throughout Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana, Official Finders offers perks you won’t get from many other jobs.

We Offer Training

Maybe officiating has only been a daydream up until now and you have no idea where to start. If you can think of a sport or even a role off the field, odds are better than even that we offer referee training for it. Once you’re done, we’ll even make sure you have the gear you need from our referee equipment store. Everyone is welcome!

It's a Great Way to Stay Fit

Watching the game is fun, but it’s not nearly as fulfilling as being right in the center of the action. Being on the field is a much different experience, and getting off the couch is a great way to get, and stay, in shape.

It's a Great Way to Grow

Many of our new applicants feel a bit apprehensive when they’re starting out. The best part of the Official Finders training program, however, is that you’re not just learning the rules of the game. You’ll grow in confidence, gaining leadership skills that will prove useful and rewarding no matter where life takes you next. Before you know it, you may even be inspiring — and training — others!

Your Skills Are in Demand

Most jobs for teenagers leave you overworked and under-appreciated. How would it feel to show up to a job where your skills are in demand, the challenges are ever-changing, and your hard work is recognized and rewarded? 


  • You can start with Official Finders as young as 13 years of age

  • Even if you’ve never dreamed of officiating, other positions — like scorekeeping, hall monitoring, and concessions sales — are also available.

  • You don’t need to be an expert in sports; if you have discipline, dedication, and a great work ethic, you’ll fit right in!

Earn Money Officiating Sports

You may be looking for a job to earn some spending cash, save up for a car, or to put money toward your college fund. No matter what your motivation may be, officiating is a great way to earn. That’s especially true with our pay rates that range between $14 and $37 an hour, which is more than you’d get in many other youth employment options.


How to Get Started

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. For you, it begins with a click, then you’re well on your way to your first training class to learn the basics of refereeing your favorite sport. Before you know it, you’ll be on the field or the court making a difference. 


Seeking Sports Officials in Northern IL?

If you’re a youth sports organization in Northern IL or Indiana seeking qualified sports officials and other game-day employees, we have you covered, too. Reach out for any questions you may have about how our program works.


Officiate for the love of the game! We know you love sports. Here is your chance to get back on the field of your favorite sport. 


Get off the couch, get on the field, and get in shape! Not only does officiating offer monetary benefits, but you get a workout too!


Challenge yourself by growing in the knowledge of the sport you love and stretch yourself in learning how to officiate a new sport too!


Whether you are saving up for a car or just want to put some extra money in your pocket, officiating can get you that extra cash you need!


Sports officiating is a challenging job, but there are huge rewards! A successful official has mental toughness, thick skin, and good people skills. If this is you, you can officiate to teach these skills to others!


Are you a teen looking to earn extra money for college or for a car? We have great news! Employment with OFFICIAL FINDERS starts as young as 14 years of age. Youth officials earn between $12 and $22 an hour, far exceeding other youth employment options. Besides our seasonal sports, we also offer opportunities in scorekeeping, hall monitoring, and concessions sales.  Please contact us directly to inquire about these opportunities. If you are interested, fill out the form below and bring it to your training class!

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