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.

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How do I get involved?


Sign up for a course

Find out more about what courses are available by watching this video:

Introduction to Match Officiating (entry-level course)

The ITMO courses are free of charge and aims to equip match officials with fundamental refereeing skills and tools. This course is the minimum standard course for referees who officiate youth and adult rugby. The course is delivered via a blend of online and face-to-face modules.

To book onto an ITMO course, please click here and click ‘browse courses’.


Date Time Venue
25 March 11am – 6pm East – BT Murrayfield (U18s ONLY)
26 March 10am – 2pm Caledonia North – Aberdeen Wanderers
29 March 6pm – 9pm Caledonia Midlands – Howe of Fife
16 April 10am – 2pm Caledonia North – Highland RFC
22 April 10am-1pm Glasgow South – Dumfries Saints RFC
7 May 10am-2pm Caledonia North – Ellon RFC

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


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.

Area Contact More Information
Edinburgh President – John Evans

Secretary – Colin Thores

Borders President – Steven Turnbull

Secretary – Victoria Lindsay

Allocations Secretary – Iain Heard

West of Scotland President – Colin Dow

Secretary – Ed Crick

Midlands President – Ted Coutts

Secretary – Alistair Barclay

Aberdeen President – Vernon Fawcett

Secretary – Malcolm Pratt

Highlands Vice President – Joshua Stevens


Match Official Pathway

Coach and Match Official Standards Combined 2022

Coach and Match Official Standards FAQ 2022

Contact Scottish Rugby

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

Scottish Rugby Training Hub

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World Rugby Rugby Ready Online Course

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World Rugby Laws of the Game

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