Become a referee

Who can be a ref?

79293734_457120225206399_410674825699262464_nYou might be a recently ‘retired’ player, a parent wanting to be more involved in their child’s rugby, or simply want to give something back to a game you love.  All are perfectly valid reasons for becoming a rugby union referee.   Refereeing is rewarding, challenging, fun and fulfilling, and getting into it is easier than you think.  There’s no age limit, as long as you are fit and healthy (and if you’re not so mobile, see below for details on becoming a Referee Watcher)

First steps

leonieYou may already have been refereeing informally at your local club, in a school setting, or during training sessions or injury lay-offs.   The main formal training qualification for referees for U14 level upwards is the England Rugby Refereeing Award (ERRA), run by the RFU.  Usually a 2-day course, this is a comprehensive introduction to refereeing the modern game and is a great kick-start to your refereeing career.  Click here for more details

thumbnail_image3-1Young Match Officials

The minimum age to become a qualified referee is 14 years old.  The Society has a well-established and highly regarded development programme for Young Match Officials (YMOs) under 18: please see our dedicated YMO page  if you are under 18

Referee Watchers (formerly known as ‘Assessors’)

If you aren’t able to referee ‘in the middle’ for whatever reason, then why not consider becoming a Referee Watcher?  Watchers fulfil a vital role in the continuing development and regrading of officials of all ages and grades, and the Society is always looking to appoint new watchers. Click here for more information

Meet the ref

Our referees come from all walks of life and professions. Click here to meet some of our referees 

Need more advice?

If you need further advice on how to start refereeing or choosing an appropriate course, please contact one of our officers  or use our contact page 

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