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Become a Referee

ERURS offers World Rugby Level 1 Referee Clinics for people wanting to become referees. See below for details.

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If you are interested in becoming a referee, the first step is simply to contact and let us know that you are interested. From there, we are happy to give you all the details that you need and answer any questions. The process will likely be as follows:

  1. Attend a Level 1 Clinic. These are most often run in April and May in order to coincide with the beginning of the High School rugby season. The clinics will be run the same weekends as High School tournaments, in order to give immediate opportunities to begin refereeing. Many of these players are getting their first chances to play rugby, which leads to a good environment to learn to referee, without excessive pressures of high-stakes games. Instructions for Level 1 Registration are here. If you do not see a referee course listed, email

  2. Step on the field with assistance. The first time you have to referee a game can be intimidating. Through the Level 1 Clinic, you will have certified World Rugby Educators and experienced Referee Coaches guiding you through the learning process. If desired, you can "shadow" an experienced referee by running on the field with them before taking over the game yourself. It is all designed to fit everyone's individual comfort level and allow for successful transitions into refereeing independently.

  3. Register with Rugby Canada through SportLoMo. Follow these instructions to register. All referees must be registered in order to be assigned games and have insurance coverage.

  4. Begin to referee games of all levels. After completing your Level 1, you are now eligible to referee any level of rugby. Junior and High School rugby is usually the best place to begin and learn, before deciding to move on to refereeing, or assistant refereeing Senior matches. You are not alone, though! ERURS assigns referee coaches and gives opportunities for education and mentorship to ensure that you continue to get better as a referee and progress to higher levels if you wish to do so.

If you have further questions, check our FAQ page or feel free to contact us!

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