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 2018, please don’t be shy – we’d love to have you! Dates will be announced shortly so check back soon for more information on how to sign up.

University Touch Series

The University Touch Series runs across the academic year, and the 2017-18 season is already underway! Referees are always welcome – please click here to check out the dates and register your interest.

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. The dates for the 2018 Nationals events have not yet been announced – so check back soon for more information!


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 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.