It turns out that the income of referees at the 2022 World Cup is extraordinary. Being a referee at the 2022 World Cup at least earns 3 times higher salary than other tournaments.
The 2022 World Cup is not only a football festival for the best players, but also brings together the world’s best referees selected by FIFA. In addition to professional qualifications, referees must also have courage, experience, and the ability to withstand pressure due to stressful national team matches.
In return, referees will receive reasonable remuneration for their efforts. Since the 2018 World Cup, FIFA has stipulated that each referee will receive a salary of $70,000 for directing matches, while the assistant referee will receive a salary of $25,000. The amount is 3 times the salary of a referee while on duty at the European Cup.
This is the highest salary of a referee in World Cup history. In 2006, each referee was paid $35,000. For the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, the referee’s salary was increased to $50,000.
In each group stage match, the referee will receive an additional prize money of $3,000. The amount increases to $10,000 per game in the knockout or finals. Fees received in each match will be added to the base salary according to the referee’s contract.
The assistant referees will receive a cash prize of $2,500 for each group stage match and $5,000 for each knockout or final match. The table referees are paid by the assistant referees $2,500 and $5,000 respectively for the group stage and knockout matches.
VAR referees also receive $3,000 for each group stage match and $5,000 for each knockout or final match.
36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video referees on duty at the 2022 World Cup, 6 of them women. According to FIFA, the process for selecting referees for the 2022 World Cup is based on skills, qualifications and personality, as well as level of understanding of football.