3 VIDEOS ABOUT REFEREEING


To help you get started as a rugby coach, watch the 3 videos above.

How to become a referee

Before they picked up the whistle most referees ask the questions you can see below. As you can see, the answers are simple, practical and easy to follow.


As a potential new referee, all you have to do is follow these three simple steps.

  • Step 1: Talk to a referee – introduce yourself and tell him or her that you are interested in learning about how to become a referee.
  • Step 2: Study the Match Official Pathway to learn about playing groups and the courses to take in order to referee them.
  • Step 3: Join your local Referee Society – who will mentor your development and assign you matches to referee.

Here’s a .pdf listing of the Referee Societies so you can contact your local one.

There are plenty of RFU refereeing courses to go on. To start, and depending on the group you wish to referee, you should register for:

  • Refereeing Children Rugby Union: Level 1
  • Refereeing the 15-a-side game: Level 2

There is more information about these courses on the RFU Course booking page.

Michael Patz, is the RFU’s Match Official Development Manager. Here are his top 5 tips:

  • Tip 1: Have a chat with a referee at your local club – use their experience and enthusiasm to help you get started
  • Tip 2: Get familiar with Laws of the Game  –  visit www.worldrugby.org so you don’t have to think twice on the pitch
  • Tip 3: Don’t worry about making mistakes – every referee does and it’s a great way to learn
  • Tip 4: Sign up for a Refereeing Course – and meet other like-minded rugby enthusiasts
  • Tip 5: Join your local Referee Society – they will guide you on the path to becoming a referee and then assign matches for you to official

If you have any additional questions about how to get started as as referee, email us at keepyourbootson@rfu.com