Become a Referee

Why Referee?

There are a whole host of reasons to become a referee: to stay involved in the game after injury or retirement; support your son/daughter with a qualified referee every week; to get fit whilst having fun.
No matter the reason for becoming a referee, its an fantastic challenge full of reward and satifaction. Without you, there would be no rugby.

Where do I start?

To become a referee, you first need to attend one of the two courses run by England Rugby listed below. Alternatively, if your under 18 and wish to start, have a look at our Young Match Officials page.

Want to referee U8 - U12?

You will need to attend a Level 1 - Refereeing Children course. This course is designed to provide new referees with the core skills to be able to referee rugby union safely and confidently. It takes 3 hours and is a mixture of practical and classroom based activities.

Want to referee U13 and above?

You will need to attend a Level 2 – Refereeing the 15-a-side game course. This course is for new and developing referees wanting to referee the 15-a-side game and will equip delegates with the skills and confidence to do so effectively. It takes 12 hours and is a mixture of practical and classroom based activities.

Hampshire refereeing the cup final

Young Match Officials (YMO)

Hampshire Rugby Referees if proud to be one of the largest supporters of the Young Match Officials programme. If your aged 14-24 and interested to find out more head over to our YMO page.

What Next?

Finding a course

Have you checked out England Rugby's Refereeing pages? All courses can be found and booked online with their Online Course Booking System.

In Hampshire, we work with the RFU and our Clubs to recruit new referees and all are given regular training and development after attending an RFU’s refereeing course, whether the old Entry Level Referee Award course, or the new 'Level 2 - Refereeing the 15-a-side game' course. Contact us at

Join the Society and start refereeing

Join the Society and get started as a Society Referee

Contact: Keith Ewart