Why should I want to become a match official?
To be involved in the game, have fun and to challenge yourself. You’ll also meet new people and become part of a team.
How long does a match official course last?
The 13 a-side course lasts about six hours and can take place over one or two sessions.
What does the course involve?
The course includes class learning and practical field-base elements. Communication skills, administration and standards of match officials are also covered.
When and how often would I be able to officiate each week?
It’s really up to you. You could take charge of two or three games a week.
After completing my course how long would it take for me to officiate in a game?
Again it’s really up to you. We recommend you get in touch with your Referee Society and then take it from there.
How much does it cost to enrol on a match official course?
Prices are currently £25 for an adult, whilst it’s £12.50 for under-16s.
Is it possible to make a career out of being a match official?
Yes definitely. A great example is Phil Bentham who only started in his mid-20s and is now an established Super League referee.