Being a football referee in India is not enough to pay the bills. Initially, Kumar worked as a caretaker at an apartment complex in Kottayam, and then took to driving auto-rickshaws for a living. “Refereeing is not a reliable field. Professionally accredited referees do recieve renumeration, but tough for other. If we do not pass the fitness test, it is nearly impossible to come back to the field," he says.