For Match Officials

For Match Officials

There are many reasons to take up match officiating; remaining involved in the sport after playing, choosing to enhance your knowledge of the laws or progressing through the career pathway to achieve your goal in officiating. No matter what the reason, officiating is a rewarding, exciting, and enjoyable way to stay involved in rugby.

Why referee?

  • Stay involved with the game you love
  • Give something back to the sport
  • Stay fit – mentally and physically
  • Develop yourself personally and professionally
  • Inspire the next generation of referees and players

How do I get involved in Match Officiating?

Get involved in match officiating by following these simple steps:

  1. Contact your local club, school, or referee society to enquire about opportunities. Visit our Club Finder and find Referee Society contact details further down this page.
  2. Sign-up to our SCRUMS system as a match official and complete the RugbyRight minimum standard online course.
  3. Sign up for a match official qualification near you (visit SCRUMS and click ‘browse courses’ - see course information below).
  4. Sign up to the Online Training Hub (powered by Hive) for resources, videos, and downloads – the training hub key (required to create an account) can be obtained by contacting your club coach coordinator.

Match Official Courses

Our new Match Official Development Pathway comes into play as of July 2021. The new pathway has been developed to support clubs, schools and societies to work towards three linked aims:

  • Start - To give more people the chance to participate in rugby.
  • Stay - To retain more people in our game by improving their experiences.
  • Succeed - To support more people to achieve their potential whether at club, school, age-grade, professional or international level.

Scottish Rugby offers a range of practical and theoretical qualifications and workshops to suit match officials of differing aspirations, running across all of our regions in Scotland.

  • Introduction to Match Officiating (entry-level course)
  • Mental health e-learning course

Please note that group bookings are not possible at the moment.

Scottish Rugby Courses

Referee Societies

There are six referee societies throughout Scotland supporting recruitment, development and deployment of referees within their region. Each referee society plays a pivotal role in the enjoyment and well-being of players of all ages and abilities in our sport.

Contact Scottish Rugby

Click to view the key contacts in your region and relevant department, ready to help with your enquiry.


Hear from some current and newly qualified referees on why you should get involved in our video below.

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