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
21 November 2022 6pm – 9pm Winchburgh Sport and Wellbeing Hub
27 November 2022 10am – 1pm Selkirk RFC
28 November 2022 6pm – 9pm Lasswade RFC
4 December 2022 10am – 1pm Currie Chieftains 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 – Steven Dyer
West of Scotland President – Colin Dow
Secretary – Ed Crick
Midlands President – Ted Coutts
Secretary – Alistair Barclay
Aberdeen President – Vernon Fawcett
Secretary – Malcolm Pratt
Highlands President – TBC
Secretary – George Whitecross


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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