What do the letters on the back of football referee's shirts mean?

The letters on the back of football referees' shirts stand for the name of the official's position on the field:

  • R - Referee
  • U - Umpire
  • HL - Head Linesman
  • LJ - Line Judge
  • FJ - Field Judge
  • SJ - Side Judge
  • B'J - Back Judge

You often hear football officials referred to by the general term of referee, but each official has his own title and assigned responsibilities. Football.about.com outlines each football official's responsibilities along with their positioning on the field.

Here are some helpful tips and advice for you as a new referee. The advice found at Usyouthsoccer.org will get you off to the best possible start.

Updated on Friday, November 21 2014 at 12:12PM EST
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