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Salary of German referees increases, match fees keep the same

The salary of German referees increases again this season. Top referees Deniz Aytekin and Felix Brych will earn 75.000 euro’s in the 2016-2017 season plus fees for the matches they officiate, say German media.

Salary of German referees
Salary of German referees

That amount was 40.000 euro’s in 2013-2014 season, 60.000 euro’s in the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons for Fifa referees from Germany. In the 2016-2017 the top refs will get 75.000 euro’s on their bank account. The basic fee, independent of the number of matches referees get, was introduced in July 2012 in Germany.

The president of the German FA thinks referees should have a better environment to achieve the best. Financial stability is one of them. Former German referee boss Herbert Fandel thinks this will be needed for “making refereeing more professional”.

Match fees remain the same

Not only Elite referees will get more cash. Also other referees in at first and second level in Germany will get more money or officiating football matches. The Bundesliga referees earned 20.000 euro’s in 2013-2014. In the 2014-2015 season it doubled to 40.000 euro’s and in the 2016-2017 season it will be 55.000. Bundesliga referees with 5 years or more experience will get paid 65.000 a year in 2016-2017.

Referees of the second level will get 35.000 euro’s (in 2016/2017) for refereeing. That number has increased in the last couple of years. They got 15.000 (2013- 2014) and 25.000 (2014-2015) a few years back.

The match fees remain the same: 3.800 euro’s per Bundesliga match and 2000 euro’s for a match at second level.


  • Luís Almeida

    In Portugal, the referees win 1200€ per game in the main league (First league), whether is top class referee Pedro Proença or another, even if it’s not a fifa ref. Just matters which league is. In the second league, they earn per game. 700 €. As 4th refs they get 400€ per game on the first and 250€ on the second. Also they get 400€ per month for trainning, the so called training allowance.


    The payment in Denmark is a big joke for the referee; from the top to the bottom.
    But the league in Denmark is also a joke comparing to other country’s in Europe – Not many wants to see it.

    • Jan ter Harmsel

      The Dutch top referees get way more than the amateurs. Amateur refs get 21,60 euro’s for a game plus travel money. How’s that in Denmark?

  • Hojiakbar

    I am also looking to make a career out of being a football referee in Germany.
    I dont know what step to take now. If someone is knowledgeable or even knows a thing or two, I would love to find out some information about that.

    • Jan ter Harmsel

      If you live there, there’s probably a local referee association in your neighbourhood. They can help you with local levels to start with.

  • Termure Aron

    Hello Jan ter Harmsel , I’m from Romania, I’m a football referee ,i started 7 years ago ,and i came in Ulm Germany to work as a civil engineer.
    Can you tell me where to apply to continue to be a referee football ,thanks .

    • Jan ter Harmsel

      Send you a reply by the way. I’m Dutch, nog German (Deutsch), so don’t know much details about refereeing there. Try searching for “Ulm Schiedsrichter” on Google and you’ll find the referees nearby.

  • Alireza

    Hi I’m alireza charmi and I’m 19 years old from Iran. I’m referee about 1 year and I want going to Deutschland for continue .who can help me to apply?

    • Jan ter Harmsel

      Hi there, I am not German, but Dutch. My advice is to contact the local referee associations and maybe they can help you out.

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