Introduction to Match Officiating

The Introduction to Match Officiating course is aimed at those interested in refereeing rugby in the youth and adult game (S1/U13 and above). Match Officials must be minimum 15 years of age to complete the course. Once complete, you will be permitted to referee in Scotland.


The Introduction to Match Officiating course aims to equip match officials with fundamental refereeing skills and tools.

By the end of the course learners will:

  • Understand the fundamental refereeing skills
  • Be able to apply the essential laws of the game
  • Promote player welfare and manage player behaviours during a game
  • Appreciate the principles of refereeing

The course also includes a tackle/contact safety session to ensure safe practice at all levels of the game, and to raise awareness of concussion protocols.

Attendees must be a minimum of 15 years of age to complete the course. The course is free of charge.

Pre-course learning

All match officials must have completed the following before attending the course:

For a further overview of the course, watch this short video presentation.

Booking and Certification

From July 2021 all course bookings will be administered via the SCRUMS system. To book onto one of the courses below you will need to register and create a profile on SCRUMS (if you don’t have an account already). Once you have completed your course, your certificate will be available to download via your SCRUMS profile, as well as information on the next steps.

Course Dates & Times

Book now 21 June (6pm-9pm) Caledonia Midlands – Strathmore RFC
Book now 5 July (6pm-9pm) Glasgow South – Ardrossan RFC
Book now 16 July (10am-1pm) East – Dunbar RFC
Book now 16 July (10am-1pm) Caledonia North – Ros Sutherland RFC
Book now 30 July (10am-1pm) East – Boroughmuir RFC
Book now 2 August (6pm-9pm) Caledonia Midlands – Perthshire RFC
Book now 9 August (6pm-9pm) Caledonia Midlands – Dundee Rugby
Book now 13 August (10am-2pm) Caledonia North – Aberdeen Grammar
Book now 16 August (6pm-9pm) Glasgow South – Kilmarnock RFC
Book now 21 August (6.30pm-9.30pm) Glasgow South – Marr RFC
Book now 23 August (6pm-9pm) Caledonia Midlands – St Andrews University
Book now 10 September (10am-2pm) Caledonia North – Highland RFC
Book now 22 October (10am-2pm) Caledonia North – Garioch RFC
Book now 13 April 2024 (9am-12pm) Glasgow North – West of Scotland FC

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