Introduction to Match Officiating

Introduction to Match Officiating

The Introduction to Match Officiating is aimed at those interested in refereeing rugby in the youth and adult game (S1/U13 and above). Match Officials must be minimum 15 years of age to complete the course. One complete, you will be permitted to referee in Scotland.


The Introduction to Match Officiating course aims to equip match officials with fundamental refereeing skills and tools.

By the end of the programme you will:

  • Understand the fundamental refereeing skills
  • Apply the essential laws of the game
  • Promote player welfare and manage player behaviours during a game
  • Appreciate the principles of refereeing


During the 2020-21 season, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Introduction to Match Officiating will be delivered via a mixture of taught online and face-to-face modules:

  • Module 1 – Taught online
  • Module 2 – Taught online
  • Module 3 – Taught online
  • Module 4 – Face-to-face practical

The face-to-face practical module will be delivered when it is safe to do so.

Download the full course descriptor HERE.

Pre-Course Modules

All coaches must have completed the following before attending the course:

RugbyRight (completed every 2 seasons)

World Rugby online Introduction to Match Officiating course

World Rugby online Laws exam


This course is free of charge.

Course Dates & Times

Course dates to be announced shortly.

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