Becoming A Match Official

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There are several reasons why you may want to become a match official.

Perhaps you’ve just hung up your boots and want to stay involved in the sport or maybe you’ve got a bit of spare time and want to earn some money in an enjoyable way whilst keeping fit.

Whatever your reason, courses are frequently available allowing you to get your foot on the first rung of the ladder.

For more information on any of the three courses below or to book, contact Vicky Turner on

Once you’ve sat your course you’ll be advised to join a local referee society where you will receive training and mentoring to help you progress. They will give you your initial appointments and attend regularly to give you development tips on how best to progress.

13 a-side Short Course

The full 13 a-side course is available in venues across the country and ran over one day or two sessions.

The course costs £25 or £12.50 for under-16’s and combines both practical and theoretical elements to give participants a developed understanding of the international laws of the game.

At the end of the course participants will take a written exam and those successful with receive the “RFL Match Officials Award” and will then be encouraged to join a local society.

DATE: Saturday April 26
VENUE: Ryland Sharks (WA2 7RZ)
TIME: 9.00am - 4.00pm

DATE: Sunday April 27
VENUE: Sration Road Recreation Ground, Southampton (SO31 5EA)
TIME: 10.00am - 4.00pm

DATE: Wednesday 14 & Thursday 15 May
VENUE: First Floor, Whittington House, 19-30 Alfred Place, London (WC1E 7EA) & Regents Park, London
TIME: 6.00pm - 9.00pm