Profession sport official

Sports officials are responsible for administering the rules and laws of a sport and for ensuring fair play according to the rules and laws. The role includes applying rules/ laws during the sport or activity, contributing to health, safety and protection of participants and others during the sport or activity, organising sport events, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with competitors and others, and communicating effectively.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Artistic
  • Social / Realistic
  • Realistic / Enterprising


  • Develop professional network

    Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.

  • Assess the quality of sport competitions

    Evaluate the quality of sport competitions and communicate judgements consistently.

  • Interpret sport games rules

    Interpret the rules and laws as an official, safeguarding the spirit of the sport activity and competition.

  • Listen actively to sport players

    Give attention to what players and participants are saying, understand the issues raised, and ask questions when necessary. Sport officials need to display professionalism, integrity and ethical conduct.

  • Monitor own performance as a sports official

    Critically monitor own performance after a competition or event to continually improve own officiating skills, including mental skills requirements.

  • Create relationships with sport competitors

    Create and keep up relationships with competitors and competitor representatives and behave accordingly prior to, during and following competition.

  • Communicate information during sport game

    Use a range of communication strategies to provide adapted information as an official to sport competitors and participants. Minimise conflict and deal with disagreement effectively. Take into consideration the sport competition environment and the social perceptiveness of the audience when formulating the message.

  • Apply sport games rules

    Develop and sustain the ability to apply rules, within the spirit of the sport activity and competition, and in a professional and respectful manner.

Optional knowledge and skills

establish relationship with the media

Common job titles

  • Coordinator of competitive sports
  • Head sports referee
  • Referee youth sports
  • Sports team coach & physical education teacher's aid
  • Director of sports information
  • Intramural sports official
  • Sports information coordinator (full-time, 10 month position)
  • Recreation supervisor i
  • Sports official youth (soccer)
  • Program aide - sports