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Become a Match Official

Match Officials are crucial to the game of Rugby League and anybody can take up the whistle

Become a Match Official

The Rugby Football League are currently on the lookout for talented people to take up officiating.

As an inclusive sport, the RFL welcomes applications from everyone and has a commitment to progressing towards achieving greater diversity. We therefore strongly encourage applications from candidates from under-represented sections of the community whether based on sex, gender, race, disability, sexuality or other protected characteristics. 

In place, there is an accessible pathway for emerging Match Officials to progress all the way to the top of the game – juniors and seniors alike!

To become a Match Official, simply follow these steps:

  1. Complete the FREE online 'Laws of The Game' training module - CLICK HERE
  2. Contact your local society or region to get involved - see 'REFEREE SOCIETIES' below
  3. Attend a course run by your local society or region, get a certificate and get on the field!

The local societies or regions will then continue to work with you in your development by holding group training nights, getting senior or mentor officials to watch any games you are officiating and having a network of officials from your local society to speak to regularly about officiating.

Your local society representative will have more information on when a course is planned for your local area so please contact them for course information.

If you would like more information, or would like to speak to someone about becoming a Rugby League Match Official, please contact the Match Officials Department on 0113 8239178 or email morecruitment@rfl.co.uk.

Courses

Online Courses:

 

Saturday 20th February 2021- hosted by St.Helens & Wigan Contact: philsmithref1@hotmail.com

 

Saturday 6th March 2021- hosted by Huddersfield & Bradford Contact: becciwhiteley@gmail.com

 

Wednesday 17th March 2021- hosted by Midlands, North East & South- Contact: Michael.smaill@rfl.co.uk

 

Tuesday 30th March 2021- hosted by Barrow and Cumbria- Contact: terry.rugby@outlook.com

No courses near you?

Email morecruitment@rfl.co.uk or call 0113 8239178 for more information and updates on upcoming Match Officials courses.

Referee Societies

Armed Forces

DENNIS NOWELL

Email

Barrow

TERRY BARKER

Email 

 

Castleford & Featherstone

CAMERON WORSLEY

Email

Cumberland

BRAD MILLIGAN

Email

Dewsbury & Batley

JAYDEN COVELL-WOOD

Email

 

Halifax

JAKE BROOK

M: 07527 998858

Email

Huddersfield

BECCI WHITELEY

Email

 

Hull

MIKE PATTERSON

Email

Leeds

DAVE MITCHELL

Email

Leigh

Steve Abel

Email

 

London & The South

KEN EDWARDS

Email

Manchester

SAM HOUGHTON

Email

Midlands

MIKE SMAILL

Email

North East

GAVIN HOUSTON

Email

 

Oldham

BOB SMITHIES

Email

 

Scotland

OLLIE CRUICKSHANK 

Email

South West 

MIKE SMAILL

Email

 

South Yorkshire

Sally Walters-Thomas

Email

St Helens

PHIL SMITH

Email

Wakefield

STEVE RACE

Email

Wales

JAMES JONES

Email

Warrington

OLLIE MADDOCK 

Email

Widnes

LEWIS O'BRIEN

Email

York

PAUL STOCKMAN

Email

Yorkshire Match Officials Recruitment Coordinator

PAUL CRASHLEY

Email

Masters RL

PAUL FIELD

Email 

PDRL/LDRL

STUART MARSHALL

Email

Try Tag Rugby

DAVID SHIPLEY

Email

Wheelchair RL

STEVE ABEL

Email