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Football Referee Mississippi

To become a football referee is pretty simple. First, you need to find a local football officials association. Once you join the association, they will train you on the rules and mechanics. Depending on your association, you may start working high school football games your first season!
It takes a lot of training to become a professional “referee”. For American football, football officials generally start with officiating high school and youth football, such as Pop Warner or Junior All-American. After two or three years, officials may begin to work varsity games.

After four or five years of working varsity football, an official may begin working junior college football. Two or three years of JC football will move an official to D-III, D-II, or D-IAA. A couple years at those levels, and an official could start working at the Division I level. After three or four years at the D-I level, depending on attrition at the NFL level, an official may be considered to work in the NFL. To be an actual referee (as opposed to umpire, linesman, line judge, back judge, side judge, or field judge), it takes a few more years in the NFL.

What are the major requirements?

– A background check – Organisations look for child abuse reports and any domestic violence reports.
– Pass written and technical test.


What are the minor requirements?

– Min. Age – 18.
– Good health and fitness.
– Quick reflexes and good coordination.
– Some athletic ability.
– Good communication skills.
– Reasonable body weight.


How much does the Registration Fees For State cost?

The test cost is $40.


How much does the test cost?

The test cost is $0.


How much does the class cost?

The test cost is $0.


How long is the class?

The duration of classes is not specified.


What is the minimum passing score requirement for the class/test?

The minimum passing score is over 70%.


How much does it pay per game?

The payment is not specified.


Are online study guides/practice tests/courses/training/testing available?

Yes the online study guide/practice tests/courses/training/testing are available please check the links bellow:


Are you required to attend any local meetings? If so how many?

No, you are not required to attend any local meetings.

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