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?

Improving the quality and quantity of active match officials is essential to the development of the game at all levels. Scottish Rugby aims to provide a pathway for referee development. The aim is to ensure that the right skills, knowledge and traits of a referee are established and employed to a suitable level of rugby at the correct time of the referee’s development.

Get Involved

Becoming a Match Official

The first step to getting involved as a match official is to attend a Level 1 Refereeing Course. Once qualified, you can referee at your local club, school or university.

Find out more

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.


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