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 courses below or to book fill in the application form below.

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 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-16s 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.



Sunday 12th July - Brighouse Sports Club, Russell Way, Brighouse, HD6 4LX from 9:30 - 3:30


Sunday 12th July - Darlington RFC, Blackwell Meadows, Grange Road, Darlington, DL1 5NR from 10 - 4


Saturday 18th July - Hindley ARLFC, St Peters Pavillion, Hindley, Wigan WN2 3DN from 10 - 4


Sunday 19th July - Hemel Stags, Pennine Way, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 5UD from 10 - 4


Match Official Application Form

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