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Why Do Football Referees Have Letters on Their Backs?

FAQs Jackson Bowman August 4, 2022

What is this? Like soccer players, referees have numbers and letters to tell coaches their turn. For example, a back judge is responsible for signaling touchdowns and attending to plays that happen downfield. Touch judges are responsible for offside and all pre-snap penalties.

What does the C stand for on the back of a referee?

The position is called Center Judge – the new official wears a “C” on his back – and is in the offensive backfield opposite the referee.

What is the S on referees shirts?

The judge (S or SJ) works in bottom court behind the defensive secondary on the same touchline as the main linesman. Like the field judge, he makes decisions near the touchline on his side of the field, judging the action of nearby running backs, receivers, and defenders.

What is the H referee in football?

Similar to players, soccer referees have positions for which they are responsible. The referee wearing the white hat is the Head Referee and will signal all penalties.

Why do the refs have CM on their hats?

The ‘CM’ patch on the hats is a tribute to former umpire Carl Madsen who died after working at the Kansas City Chiefs game against the Tennessee Titans in Week 7. Police say Madsen died while driving home from the game in Nashville, Tennessee. Madsen was 71 years old.

What does DJ mean on referee shirt?

The head linesman (H or HL) or Down Judge (DJ) in the NFL, CFL, and the 2022 version of the USFL stands at one end of the line of scrimmage (usually the side opposite the press box , always with the back team), be on the lookout for potential offsides, assaults, and other fouls before the snap.

How much money do football referees make?

Although official figures are not usually publicly announced, the latest agreement between the league and the NFL Referees Association has revealed that referees are making an average of $205,000 for the 2019 season. That equates to around $12,000 per game, which is quite a number.

Why do football referees wear rubber bands on their hands?

What is the purpose of the black armband worn by NFL umpires? Greenwich, Conn. Farmer: These wristbands are designed to remind officials where the ball should be in relation to the hash marks and even which team has possession. The bracelet has a cord that can be looped around a finger.

References:

  1. https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/sec-to-experiment-with-8-football-officials-but-whats-right-number/
  2. http://www.smitteez.com/index.php/content/american-football-referee-glossary
  3. https://www.viqtorysports.com/referees-numbers-letters/
  4. https://fansided.com/2021/11/11/what-does-cm-mean-on-nfl-referee-hats/
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Official_(gridiron_football)
  6. https://www.marca.com/en/nfl/2022/01/31/61f802bbca47414e688b4586.html
  7. https://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-nfl-ask-farmer-20171007-story.html

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