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More than 450 issues published and counting! As the original magazine for sports officiating and the industry’s best-known publication, Referee has set the journalistic standard for developing educational and training materials vital to sports officials.

Since  it was founded in 1976 by publisher Barry Mano, Referee has continued to serve as the only monthly magazine in the world for sports officials. As such, the leaders of officiating equipment manufacturers, technology, education and officiating services have come to trust Referee as a consistent source to reach these key influencers in sports officiating.

Referee serves a core audience of sports officials from youth to professional levels. Veteran and new officials alike look to the magazine every month for critical information to educate and succeed in their avocation. Every issue is filled with the latest officiating news, up-to-date rules information and interpretations, special features on relevant issues like training, game management and industry hot topics, plus profiles and interviews with the top personalities in officiating.

The Referee website is designed to keep sports officials informed of news and significant developments in the industry and have quickly become relied upon to keep officials up-to-date with need-to-know information they can’t get anywhere else.

Referee magazine is also provided to every NASO member in an exclusive “Members-Only” edition, which includes the 16-page NASO It’s Official newsletter. It’s Official is loaded with NASO and officiating industry news, features and interviews, as well as expanded training content in its “Ask Us” section, which provide actual caseplays and late-breaking rule changes. Monthly coverage includes sports-specific columns and inspirational articles on officiating, mechanics, skills, psychology and more. For the past 36 years, initiating conversations with active sports officials is what Referee does best!


Since our inception, we have gone well beyond that original mission. Referee currently produces the largest and most comprehensive line of officiating education and training products in the world. From our fully-customizable line of Mechanics Illustrated books to our by-sport Game Intelligence series to our rules-driven titles like The Ultimate Book on the Kicking Game and our Tough Calls series for basketball officials, Referee publishes something for everyone.

In addition to covering rules, mechanics and officiating philosophy, Referee publishes a line of industry-spanning leadership titles, such as Evaluating Officiating Performance, The Officials Role in Sportsmanship and Accountability in Officiating. We also partner with a variety of the nation’s rules-making bodies, such as the NFHS and the CCA, to produce official manuals, newsletters and other publications

Go to www.refereetrainingcenter.com to browse the complete library of officiating publications, including our full offering of newsletters, books, guides, DVDs, CD-ROMs and other products.

Through the Referee Custom Publishing division we publish more than 50 custom publications a year. Referee Custom Publishing provides turnkey publication services that include content development, graphic design, layout, proofreading, production management, prepress, printing and mailing. Find out more.

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