The Rugby Football Referees’ Union and England Rugby’s Match Official Development Team agreed the following objectives to help achieve the project’s aim:


  • Construct role descriptors for those who support match official development, i.e. Match Official Developer, Performance Reviewer and Match Official Coach
  • Provide clear guidance and training to support the roles for those who support on-field match officials
  • Develop a suite of Review Forms that can be used to support the development of Match Officials at all levels of the community game

The purpose of this survey was to gather feedback on:

  • Match Official Developer & Performance Review Guidance
  • Match Official Developer CPD Session – Conversation to Words
  • Match Official Development Review – Form 1
  • Match Official Development Review – Form 2
  • Match Official Performance Review – Form 3

The survey is looking to gather feedback from:

  • Match Officials (Referees & Assistant Referees)
  • Match Official Developers
  • Performance Reviewers
  • Match Official Coaches

During January 2019 individuals were invited via the RFRU and local Referees’ Societies to provide feedback about the new process and associated resources.

The survey garnered a total of 228 responses from a variety of Match Officials involved in the Community Game (Level 3 and below), with 34 of the 37 Referees’ Societies in England participating in the survey.

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