Why Ref­eree?

There are a whole host of rea­sons why you might take up the whis­tle: to remain active in the sport fol­low­ing injury or retire­ment, to make new and last­ing friends within the game, or to gain a sense of achieve­ment by pro­vid­ing an invalu­able ser­vice to play­ers, coaches and spec­ta­tors alike.

What­ever the rea­son, ref­er­ee­ing is chal­leng­ing, reward­ing and above all, can be great fun.

Becom­ing a IRB Cer­ti­fied USA Rugby Ref­eree is easy:



Start by send­ing us an email. Click here.

Fall­brook Rugby will get you reg­is­tered as a ref­eree with South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Youth Rugby, which in turn reg­is­ters you with USARugby.

This is required for Touch Judge, Assis­tant Ref­eree and Level 1 Officiating.

Com­plete the IRB Laws Exam

Visit www​.irblaws​.com

Click reg­is­ter on the bot­tom cen­ter of the page in order to reg­is­ter for the site. If you have already reg­is­tered, click login and enter your user­name and password.

Learn & Review all laws, by sec­tion or num­ber by hov­er­ing over the tab on the left hand side of the screen, then click­ing on the indi­vid­ual laws.

Once you feel con­fi­dent, start the exam. It will be mul­ti­ple choice and will allow you to review incor­rect answers.

Upon com­ple­tion please print the course com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cate and keep it in a safe place. It will be needed for other courses.

Com­plete the Rugby Ready Exam

All ref­er­ees must com­plete the IRBRugby Ready cer­ti­fi­ca­tion course prior to becom­ing cer­ti­fied. This course is free and online!

To com­plete the Level 100 IRB Rugby Ready online module:

  1. Go to http://​www​.irbrug​byready​.com/ and click on the Reg­is­ter but­ton (or Login but­ton if you are already registered)
  2. Enter your per­sonal infor­ma­tion and cre­ate a User­name and Password.
  3. Com­plete all 14 of the lessons marked with an “X.” These lessons are called “Pre-​participation,” “Equip­ment, envi­ron­ment and emer­gency plan,” “Phys­i­cal Con­di­tion­ing,” “Lifestyle,” “Warm up,” “Prin­ci­ples of Play,” “Open Field Play,” “The tackle,” “The Ruck,” “The Maul,” “The scrum,” “the line­out,” “Cool Down & Recov­ery” “Injury Man­age­ment”. Be sure to answer the ques­tions at the end of each section.

Com­plete Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Course

Touch Judge

This is the entry or intro­duc­tory level course to rugby ref­er­ee­ing. It pro­vides instruc­tion on the pri­mary tasks of the touch judge in adju­di­cat­ing touch, touch-​in-​goal, kicks at goal, and the roles of the touch judge in seven-​a-​side rugby. Course cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is one require­ment for pro­mo­tion to the grade of L1.

The Touch Judge course focuses on when is the ball in touch,Touch judge signals,Places of the throw in,Touch judge positioning,and Seven-​a-​side variations.

The course is now offered online and runs about two hours.

Assis­tant Referee

This is the sec­ond level course to rugby ref­er­ee­ing.The Assis­tant Ref­eree course provides instruc­tion on the sec­ondary and ter­tiary respon­si­bil­i­ties and tasks of the touch judge, includ­ing the adju­di­ca­tion of foul play.

You must have taken a Touch Judge course prior to sign­ing up for an Assis­tant Ref­eree course.

The course focuses on the fol­low­ing aspects of the game:Foul play adjudication,Principal accountabilities,Signaling &reporting,Time & replacement,Positioning for detection,Positioning at kicks,Positioning at line­outs, scrums, rucks, mauls &stoppages,Communication systems

The course is now offered online.

Level 1 Officiating

The pur­pose of this course is to enable offi­cials to acquire basic skills to offi­ci­ate safe, enjoy­able com­pe­ti­tion. Course cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is required for any­one who wishes to ref­eree any match that could poten­tially lead to a National Championship.

The course focuses on Game knowl­edge, Role of the ref­eree, Plan­ning, Advan­tage, Touch, Prin­ci­ples of rugby, Posi­tion­ing, Ref­eree prepa­ra­tion, Open play, Line­out, Prin­ci­ples of ref­er­ee­ing, Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Tech­ni­cal, Con­tact, Foul play, Man­age­ment, Risk man­age­ment, Start­ing & restart­ing the game, Scrum, and how to have fun as a rugby referee.

Level 1 Offi­ci­at­ing is an in-​person course and usu­ally runs about 8 hours. Be pre­pared with suit­able clothes and shoes for out­door prac­ti­cal work.