Thursday night football? Referees wanted for next high school football season


EAST SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) – Players and high school fans preparing for Friday night football games this coming season will need to prepare for Thursday games instead.

The Syracuse Chapter of Certified New York State Football Officials says 62 Central New York High School Friday Night Football games have been moved to Thursday. The reason? Not enough referees.

That’s why the organization is pushing to hire more officials, 40-50 to be exact.

Whether you’re male or female, a former umpire ready to get back into the game or a rookie looking to try something new, board members say the commitment is worth it.

Referees don’t just practice on the field. This is a part-time position with a salary.

For each match you referee, the referees do the following:

  • Modified: $81
  • Junior University: $91
  • University: $111

Salary does not include travel money. NYS certified football officials in Syracuse can travel to Cortland and Homer, Chittenango and areas of Oneida County.

If you’re interested in becoming an umpire or learning more, the board has one of two trainings scheduled for this Tuesday at East Syracuse Minoa Central High School at 6:00 p.m. No registration is required.

Learn more about the Syracuse Chapter of the NYS Certified Football Officials by visiting their Facebook page.


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