How to Attach a Soccer Referee Badge

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How to Attach a Soccer Referee Badge
Referees change their badges annually and between leagues. (referee image by Jana Lumley from

Soccer referees must go through a certification program, annually, to be eligible to officiate soccer matches. In addition, many different leagues have their own laws and require special certification represented by a distinct badge. Most soccer referees are also required to have multiple jerseys so that they will never run the risk of being mistaken for a player on the field. Whether you work in multiple leagues, get recertified on an annual basis or simply change jerseys in-between matches, the ability to quickly and easily change your badge is essential for any referee.

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Things you need

  • Referee badge
  • Referee jersey
  • Badge holder

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  1. 1

    Remove the protective covering on the badge holder to expose the sticky adhesive.

  2. 2

    Attach the desired referee badge to the badge holder adhesive. Ensure that the adhesive bonds with the badge fully as soccer referees are often called to work in adverse weather conditions and a lost badge can be difficult to find on a soccer field.

  3. 3

    Place the badge on the referee jersey and make sure that the Velcro bond is secure. All referee jerseys come with a standard Velcro disc over the left breast pocket where the badge should be attached.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are unable to find a badge holder designed for referee badges, you can use the mating side of adhesive Velcro that can be found in any home supply store. Simply cut the desired size and follow to same procedure.

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