Were World Cup referees underpaid?
While FIFA handed out millions of dollars to football federations around the globe for participating in the recent World Cup as well as millions more in prize money, reports state that referees were paid between $35,000 and $40,000.
However, 10 of them received up to $50,000 depending on their level of experience. This comes after FIFA’s profits will be pegged at up to $2 billion for the year 2014.
International referees have to be aged between 25 and 45. When they hit 46 they’re asked to retire. The officials must pass some stringent physical tests before being selected for duty at a World Cup. Many of these are related to speed and stamina since they need to run for the full 90 or 120 minutes of a match. Studies have shown that a referee may run about 12 miles per game.
One of the tests requires the referee to run a 40 meter sprint six consecutive times with a 90-second break between each dash. Each 40-meter dash must be run it a maximum of 6.1.
World Cup players are paid by their country’s football federation for competing. FIFA gave each of the 32 teams an advance of $1.5 million for reaching the tournament. The money is handed out to cover their basic expenses.
After the tournament, each nation takes home at least $8 million as their share of prize money. How this money is used is up to each country, with most of them using it to pay trainers, coaches, managers, players and cover additional expenses.
Germany won $35 million for capturing the World Cup and each player reportedly received a $400,000 bonus from the nation’s federation.
Considering the amount of money FIFA gives out to football federations for the event, do you think the referees are underpaid?