Where do I start?
To become a referee, you first need to attend one of the two courses run by England Rugby listed below. Alternatively, if your under 18 and wish to start, have a look at our Young Match Officials page.
Want to referee U8 - U12?
You will need to attend a Level 1 - Refereeing Children course. This course is designed to provide new referees with the core skills to be able to referee rugby union safely and confidently. It takes 3 hours and is a mixture of practical and classroom based activities.
Want to referee U13 and above?
You will need to attend a Level 2 – Refereeing the 15-a-side game course. This course is for new and developing referees wanting to referee the 15-a-side game and will equip delegates with the skills and confidence to do so effectively. It takes 12 hours and is a mixture of practical and classroom based activities.