General Questions

Silbo is the first digital marketplace connecting sports officials to amateur sports games. By downloading our free mobile app, referees can self-schedule themselves to games they’d like to work and get paid for that game via direct deposit.

Game providers publish their game schedules to a marketplace. Through Silbo, officials can see all of the relevant information about a game, get directions to the field, and self-assign to games.

As a Silbo official, you have access to any game on our marketplace that you are qualified to officiate. You can assign yourself to the games you want to work.

After you have officiated a game, you will be paid through the app via direct deposit into your bank account. Payments are transferred at a regular interval, so you don't have to worry about when you'll receive the money you've earned.

Silbo is easy! First, download the app. Then create your account. Be sure to have the following information handy when creating your account:

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  • Your address
  • Your Social Security Number*
  • Your bank account number*
  • Your bank routing number*

Once you create your account, we will reach out to you for a time to set up a brief interview to confirm your account and your referee experience. You will not be able to see or sign up for games until your account is confirmed.

After that, you’re done! You’ll be able to self-schedule yourself to games and get paid quickly and painlessly.

You can find out how to sign up for a game and complete a game here.

*We require this information in order to comply with security and compliance standards set by our third-party payment processor, Stripe. Please note that Silbo does not retain any of your banking information. Instead, that information is stored securely with Stripe. Please see the following links for the Stripe Connected Account Agreement, which includes the Stripe Terms of Service.

Getting paid with Silbo is quick and painless.

During the Account Registration process, be sure to have the following information handy so you can enter it and connect your bank account:

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  • Your address
  • Your Social Security Number*
  • Your bank account number*
  • Your bank routing number*

(If you skipped that step, you can also enter this information on the “Payment Settings” screen found by clicking “Profile”, the “Edit” button in the top right corner, then going to “Payment Settings”.)

With that information entered, and your account verified, you’ll be able to start officiating games. When you check into and complete a game, a charge gets billed to the league hosting the game. They are automatically billed for your game fee and you will be paid for it. It’s that easy!

Silbo pays its referees weekly via direct deposit.

*We require this information in order to comply with security and compliance standards set by our third-party payment processor, Stripe. Please note that Silbo does not retain any of your banking information. Instead, that information is stored securely with Stripe. Please see the following links for the Stripe Connected Account Agreement, which includes the Stripe Terms of Service.

Questions for Officials

Navigate to the RefXchange screen.

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  • You can access the Marketplace screen by clicking “RefXchange” on the Navigation Sidebar or the “Check Out RefXchange For More” link on the Home screen.
  • This screen has a filters modal where you can choose froma number of options to see specific games or use the tab bar to scroll to specific sports.
  • If you’d like to work one of the games listed, click the card with that game.
On the Individual Game screen you can see
  • Referee positions, both available and taken
  • Time and date information for the game
  • Wage for the game
  • Directions to the game (by clicking the map at the top of the page)
  • Game notes (such as rules or uniform requirements)
  • League and/or Location contact information

There are two ways to schedule yourself to a game, either via an open position or waitlist.

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  1. Open positions
  2. Waitlist positions
An open position means that you are scheduled to officiate and be paid for the game. A waitlist position means that you are not scheduled to officiate, but rather you will be contacted should a position in that game come available. If you are on the waitlist, please do not go to the game to officiate. Only referees scheduled to take the game will officiate and paid for their services. Waitlist referees will not.

  1. To schedule yourself to an open position, press the green "Reserve" button beside your desired position (such as head referee or field judge). You will receive a confirmation that you successfully reserved the game.
  2. To schedule yourself on the Waitlist for a game, press the "Waitlist" button beside your desired position. You will receive a confirmation that you successfully added yourself to the waitlist for the game.
Note: Pull down on the screen at any time to refresh the data

Once You've Reserved a Position

Once you have reserved a position, you will also be able to click the other referee names to see their names, pictures, and contact information. From there you can call, email, or text them in order to converse and/or coordinate before the game.

How to Register For a Game and Find It In My Games

Once on the Individual Game screen, you can click the map for directions to the game, see contacts (and call or email them by clicking their relevant information), game details and rules, and you can register for a position.
To register for a position:
  1. Find the available positions card.
  2. If you’d like to officiate the given position for this game, click “Register”. If the registration is successful, you will receive a pop-up confirming it.
  3. If all the positions are full, don’t panic! You can still register for the game by joining the Waitlist. Once on the waitlist for that game (or position?), you will be notified if one the registered official cancels their commitment to work. You’ll then be able to go back into the game and register to be the active official!
Now that you’ve signed up for the game, you’ll have to check into the game once you arrive at the site. To do so, you’ll need to go into the app and find the game.
You can do so in two ways.
  1. Go to the Home screen, scoll down, and find your “My Games” section. The game may be listed here; if not, click “Go To My Games” to see the list of games you have registered for.
  2. You may also click “My Games” on the Navigation Sidebar to be taken to your My Games screen.
Once you find the game you need to check into, simply click the game to open the Individual Game screen. You can then check in and check out of the game.

When you arrive at the game, you will need to check in through the app to verify that you are there. This will confirm to the game provider that you are ready to officiate, and will allow you to be paid for your work.

After the game, you must certify that the game has been completed. You will then be asked to provide feedback about any partners you officiated with, as well as the site at which the game was played. Once you have done this, the game is completed and your payment will begin processing.

Checking In at Game Time
To check in, first make sure you are at the game and prepared to officiate. From the app menu, select "My Games". Choose the game at which you wish to check in. On the game screen, press the Check In button to confirm that you are ready to officiate.

You must check in in order to verify that you are at the game, and to be paid for working the game.

After the Game
Once you are done officiating, return to the game through your My Games page. press the button to verify the game has been completed.

You will then be asked to provide feedback about the game. You must provide three ratings on any officiating partners you had and one rating on the site at which the game was played, and you may provide any comments you wish about the game site.

When you've verified completion of the game and provided feedback, the game is considered complete. You must complete all these steps in order to get paid for officiating the game.

From the Navigation Sidebar, click “Payments”. Here you’ll find a list of all the transactions you’ve received, including your lifetime total received as well as the amount you’ve been paid this month.

Totally! From the Navigation Sidebar, click “My Games”. At the top of the screen, you’ll find three tabs: Waitlisted, Scheduled, Completed. Click the “Completed” tab to see all of your past games.

Yes. Silbo will send you a 1099 for your work after the end of the year.

The Waitlist is a way to get notified when a game you’d like to officiate becomes available.

If all the positions in a game are full, you can still register for the game by joining the Waitlist. Once on the waitlist for that game (or position?), you will be notified if one the registered official cancels their commitment to work. You’ll then be able to go back into the game and register to be the official!

To see the games you are on the Waitlist for, simple go to “My Games” and click the “Waitlisted” tab at the top of the screen.