How much does a referee make in the Premier League?
English Premier League referees get paid a regular wage with match fees on top of that. The other top European leagues use a different payment system.
Have you ever wondered how much the man in the middle receives for running around for over 90 minutes on a cold, wet night in England while getting abuse from the stands for making the wrong decision?
English Premier League referees get paid a regular wage with match fees on top of that. Officials in England's top flight can earn as much as £70,000 per year. They are paid a basic yearly retainer of between £38,500 and £42,000 based on their experience officiating, and then they earn £1,150 per match on top of that, according to Goal.
English Championship referees receive the same basic yearly retainer but are paid £600 per game.
How much do referees earn abroad?
Officials in the rest of Europe's top leagues are paid on a game-by-game basis. Referees in LaLiga collect the higest match rate. Officiating games in the likes of Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu and Barcelona's Camp Nou sees referees take home €6,000 per game. Top-flight referees in the German Bundesliga and France's Ligue 1 get paid just over half that amount.
Champions League officials
Champions League referees are divided into tiers depending on their experience. Senior officials are paid over £5,500 per game if they are in the Elite tier. Elite Development referees get £3,800, while the bottom tier officials take home £700 per game.