Get Involved In Refereeing

The RFU’s aim is to provide you with all the necessary information on refereeing in England.

Whether you are an active match official, a volunteer administrator or are considering taking up the whistle for the first time, you have a pivotal role to play in the development of officiating in this country.

For current and potential officials, refereeing is a great way to give something back to the game you love, while also helping to widen participation in the sport. Whether your aspirations are to referee your local Under 9s on a Sunday morning or progress to officiating at Twickenham, the RFU will support you every step of the way.

These pages have information on A: how to get involved in officiating in England and details on the B: range of courses the RFU offers. The C: refereeing resources section also provides relevant refereeing documents, covering issues from discipline report forms to injury prevention advice.

Enjoy your refereeing.

Online Course Booking

The RFU online course booking system allows you to search by course type, region, postcode or date before booking and paying for your course.


Articles and resources for referees

The Rugby Football Union match official pages are designed to provide relevant information for all types of rugby official, from the battle-hardened ref to those considering picking up the whistle for the first time, and those who support them in those roles.

This section provides e-learning and links to useful websites, articles, documents and forms designed to assist you in carrying out your role as a match official effectively.

These pages will be updated on a timely basis to act as a point of reference for all match officials.

Useful websites

Referee forms:

Referee advice documents: