Become A Referee

Find out more about #TeamRef

Refereeing is one of the three Touch pathways (alongside playing and coaching) and we support England-based referees at all levels, from grass-roots park games to the elite squads selected for Euros and World Cup events.

If you’re interested in being part of #TeamRef you can find more details below.

Where to start

If you are interested in learning more about Touch refereeing, you can read about the referee pathway and sign up for a referee course. We are always keen to develop new referees, whether you have experience in reffing other sports, you are a player who wants to increase their understanding of the game or you are just interested to learn more about the game – get in touch!

The ETA Referee Committee is headed up by National Referee Manager Nicolas Van de Rijt. He is joined by Mike Green (Courses Coordinator), Genevieve Mitchell (Media and Communications Coordinator) and Kathy Van de Rijt (Tournament Coordinator). Find out more about us and how to get in touch on the ETA referee committee pages. If you require any further information, you can contact us at

Join the squad

Click here to sign up to the ETA referee mailing list, which contains information on tournaments and events as well as news about upgrades, courses and more!

You can also join the England Touch Refs group on Facebook, where we post all our news and have a few lively debates! You’ll also spot ref news on the ETA Twitter and Instagram so why not give them a follow too?

Join us at a tournament

We are always looking for referees to come along to ETA tournaments! This includes NTS/CTS (the highest level of mixed touch), MWTC (elite men’s and women’s touch) and DTS (national and regional development tournaments). There will usually be referee coaches present at these tournaments, so contact us if you want more information on coaching and assessments.

If you are interested in joining us at an England Touch tournament in 2017, please fill in this EOI form. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure of your availability for later events – you will be able to revisit the form, and will be contacted before each tournament to confirm attendance. If you haven’t refereed one of these tournaments before, please don’t be shy – we’d love to have you! There will be referees of every level involved this year, and more coaches than ever, so you will have lots of support on the pitch and off.

England Touch Nationals

The England Touch Nationals has now been split into two separate events, so we need lots of refs! Please do try to join us if you can, it’s a major event for ETA refs and the open & seniors event also forms part of the qualification for Euros selection.

For the Open & Seniors event (26-28 August, Cambridge) please fill in this EOI:

For the new Juniors & Masters event (7 October, Droitwich) please fill in this EOI:


Click here to have a look at some referee resources. This includes our policies, guidance on disciplinary procedures and (of course) the rules!


To participate in any England Touch event as a referee, you need to be a registered referee member of the ETA. For more details, please check the membership page. If you are already a member, you don’t need to take any action: you’ll receive an email when your membership is up for renewal.