Sports Referee

The tasks an Umpire is expected to perform include:

Conducting games and sports in accordance with rules and pronouncing instantaneous decisions

Inspecting playground or area before commencement of game to ensure that lines and other markings in field are made properly and according to rules of the game

Examining sports material such as balls, rackets, bats, hockey sticks, etc. to be used in game for proper specifications

Calling contestants or captains of contesting teams in field for toss or for supervising the event of toss

Observing movement and position of ball and players for infringement of game rules

Awarding scoring points or imposing penalties by giving hand signals, calling loud or blowing whistle

Giving warning and cautioning erring players for deliberate breach of game rules

Pronouncing instantaneous judgement on appeal by either party or contestant during play

Stopping play at scheduled hour for close of game or earlier in emergency

Suspending any player from match or game for gross misconduct or persistent foul play

In-depth knowledge of all the rules and regulations of the respective sport

Skilled in fairly conducting the game

Skilled in examining the playing material for any tampering or discrepancies

Knowledge of all the hand signals to be performed during a game and awarding penalties and points

Skilled in assessing the playground and playing conditions

Ability to take command of the game according to the situation

Knowledge of code of conduct standards for the game

Not applicable





Attention to detail


It is not a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are not available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Flexible working hours

Minimum 5/6 hours on game days

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazards may include stiff back, joint pain, etc. if not taken care of

For freshers - INR 10,000 to INR 15,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Sports Sector in India

Sports from games and physical activity to organized competitive sport have an important role in all societies. For the individual, it enhances fitness, improves general health and enables a person to be self-confident. At the national level, sport and physical education contribute to economic and social growth, improve public health, and bring different communities together. In the recent years, India has hosted a large number of international events. Since Delhi hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2010, the prime focus of the government is on infrastructure development including transportation, power, etc. Sports retailing has boosted the manufacturing industry in countries like India and China which are global manufacturing hubs for sports products.

With increasing interest in all kinds of sports and youngsters opting for sports as a career option, the job of an Umpire seems to have a great future. There are ample opportunities, starting from domestic tournaments to state level and national level tournaments and going on to international level. A career as an Umpire in India is a promising one as professional sports and sports bodies/clubs are on a rise and they all need match officials.

Sports clubs

Sports bodies

Cities and towns across India

Will be updated

Various private and government institutes across India

Will be updated