Sports officials and referees (NOC 5253)

About this job

Sports officials and referees:

  • make sure rules and regulations governing sporting events, athletic games and sports competitions are followed
  • work for national, provincial and local sporting commissions, organizations and leagues
Common job titles
  • evaluator, figure skating
  • judge, goal
  • judge, racetrack
  • line judge / referee, sports
  • official, racetrack - clerk of scales
  • official, racetrack - handicapper


Sports officials and referees perform some or all of the following duties:

  • carry out official duties at sporting events or athletic competitions to maintain standards of play and to make sure that game rules and safety regulations are followed
  • record lapsed time and keep scores during events or competitions
  • judge the performance of competitors, award points, impose penalties for infractions and determine results
  • collect scores and other athletic records
  • create and maintain rapport with coaches, players and organizing committees
  • confirm achievements, training and general background of athletes or animals engaged in sports or related special events, and respond to written protests

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place indoors and outdoors in various sports and recreational settings.
  • Workers may be exposed to various types of weather conditions.

Career paths and resources

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