UEFA Champions League Referee Salary FULL Breakdown

UEFA Champions League Referee Salary FULL Breakdown
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UEFA Champions League referees are usually selected based on their performance level from different countries, but what does the Champions League referee salary look like per match and annually?

Champions League referees are grouped into different tiers which depends on their experience.

Elite is the professional referee who has 5-7 years of experience in football league careers, such as Szymon Marciniak, the Polish referee who took charge of the 2023 Champions League final. 

Elite referees are selected for the big matches of knockout round, semifinals, round of 16 and finals. The elite category referees are paid $7,000-$8,000 per match.

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UEFA Champions League Referees Salaries 2022-23

Category

Match Referee

Assistant Referee

Fourth Umpire

Elite

$10,000

$3,000

$1,000

Elite Development

$6,500

$2,000

$800

First

$3,000

$750

N/A

Second

$2,000

$550

N/A

Third

$1,000

$350

N/A

The assistant referee is paid ($2,500) per match when selected for the big match. In group matches, they get paid up to $1,000 per game.

As for the fourth officials that get paid $1,000 when selected for the knockout round and final matches of the champions league season.

They earn $750 per game during the group matches.

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In addition to these match payments, UEFA referees are also given a €200 daily allowance for meals during their travels including a $272 (€200) one-time lump-sum for domestic travel expenses like visas, hotels before an early flight, transport to the airport, and so on.

However, that pay rate is only for the few Elite centre referees.  In reality, most of the men in charge of Europe’s most prestigious games, on which the fortunes of clubs turn, make less more than the average bi-monthly take-home pay of a white-collar professional.

In the case of fourth referees, they make much less than this.  And there are only a very few Champions League match days each year.

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Champions League Referees Per Match Fees (2023)

Official

Category

Per Match Fees

Country

Damir Skomina

Elite Panel

$10,000

Solvenia

Cüneyt Çakır

Elite Panel

$10,000

Turkey

Björn Kuipers

Elite Panel

$10,000

Netherlands

Danny Makkelie

Elite Panel

$8,000

Netherlands

Antonio Mateu Lahoz

Elite Panel

$8,000

Spain

Dr. Felix Brych

Elite Panel

$10,000

Germany

Daniele Orsato

Elite Panel

$8,000

Italy

Gianluca Rocchi

Elite Panel

$8,000

Italy

Clément Turpin

Elite Panel

$10,000

France

William Collum

Elite Panel

$8,000

Scotland

Carlos Del Cerro Grande

Elite Panel

$8,000

Ukraine

Benoît Bastien

Elite Panel

$6,500

France

John Beaton

First

$3,000

Scotland

Anatoliy Abdula

Second

$2,000

Ukraine

Aliyar Aghayev

Second

$2,000

Azerbaijan

Marius Avram

Second

$2,000

Israel

Mohammed Al-Hakim

Third

$1,000

Sweden

Sascha Amhof

Third

$1,000

Switzerland

Details of champions league referee salary in the above table were taken from trusted sources.

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A referee's job is one of the most difficult in football. His every decision is analysed and scrutinised by managers, players and fans. So do you think this salaries are worth it?

This article was most recently revised and updated 11 months ago

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