The Best Products Referees Need

Posted by Artur M. Wlazlo on 5th Apr 2021

A referee on the field pointing

Your referee equipment is critically important. Regardless of which sport you officiate, there are universally accepted referee accessories that allow you to perform your job properly. Some sports have specific requirements—soccer flags, for example—so be sure to look into your sport’s unique equipment requirements. The following items are the most common products referees need to own.

1. Uniforms

Your uniform is what identifies you as an authority on the court, field, or diamond. You must wear the right outfit so players and fans can differentiate you from everyone else. Of course, wearing the right designs and colors isn’t enough. You also want high-quality apparel that’s durable, comfortable, and stylish. At the Referee Store, we sell referee equipment that is trusted by the pros. Be sure to buy backups in case you miss laundry day!

2. Whistles

A sports whistle with a red lanyard

Unless you’re a baseball umpire, you’re going to need a professional whistle that cuts through the noise of the game and the deafening roar of the crowd. Not all whistles are created equal! Spend some time learning about which whistles are commonly used in your sport. It also might be important to consider whether the whole crew should use the same whistle for consistency and volume.

3. Headsets

Commonly used in football and soccer, radio headsets are a must when multiple referees need to stay in touch in real-time. Without referee equipment for communication, it’s impossible to keep everyone on the same page, and one missed call can be disastrous. We carry top-of-the-line sports radios. In fact, we’re proud to be the only retailer that sells Yapalong referee communication radios in the United States!

4. Shoes

A basketball next to a basketball official’s shoes

When it comes to referee accessories, footwear is often overlooked. Besides ensuring that you’re complying with league requirements, your shoes play a major role in your comfort throughout the game. Referee shoes have important features specifically for sports officials who are on their feet for hours at a time, including advanced support systems, superior traction, and shock absorption.

5. Bags

Most sports officials have quite a bit of referee equipment, and lugging it around can be a struggle. We sell bags that are designed to carry referee equipment more efficiently so you can save your energy for the game. Our bags keep your gear organized so you can grab what you need without a second thought.

Find Everything You Need at Referee Store

Referee Store is the ultimate one-stop shop for soccer referees, football officials, basketball officials, and baseball umpires. We sell industry-standard products that you can depend on. We provide $8 flat rate shipping so you can buy everything you need in one go. Using the right equipment is the key to performing, feeling, and looking your best, so accept no substitutes. Shop professional referee accessories now.

About the Author

Artur Wlazlo is the owner of The Referee Store alongside his brother Rafal Wlazlo. He and his brother both have a lifelong passion for soccer and other sports. Both brothers played multiple sports from the time they were children and began refereeing in their late teens. Artur’s officiating career spanned nearly two decades at both professional and amateur levels. Rafal continued his soccer refereeing at the national level in the United States. Artur later became an accomplished sportswriter and blogger, writing on topics impacting the refereeing community. Artur has been a practicing attorney for nearly 20 years now, focusing his legal practice on securities litigation and the financial industry. Together, their mission at The Referee Store is to provide a comprehensive selection of high-quality and competitively priced referee products.