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Referee Courses

Touch referees are graded according to different badges; in European Touch there are badges for levels 1 (entry level) to 5 (world cup standard). Referee courses will help you to develop as a referee, and are also open to players who want a better understanding of the rules.

If you are interested in becoming a qualified Touch Europe referee, you should start by attending a level 1 course. This will give you the basic knowledge and skills to referee Touch. No previous experience is required to attend a level 1 course (but it’s great if you have some!). If you want to progress as a referee, you can also take courses for levels 2 and 3, but you must hold the previous badge in order to attend the next course. Click here to learn more about the referee pathway.

Keep checking below for updates on upcoming referee course dates. Courses are added regularly, but if you are interested in attending a Level 1 course when none are available you can register your interest here. 

L1 Whistle Purchase
ETA Members: Once logged in to your ETA account, select the L1 course you wish to attend and then head to extras where you can select the option to add your whistle.
Non-Members: Once course is selected from the drop down menu, at the bottom of the registration form make sure to tick the Whistle option box.

If you are interested in attending a Level 2 course, and you have already been assessed for your Level 1 badge, you can register your interest here.

For further details and information on the courses, please email

England Touch Referee Foundation Course

England Touch has been working closely with Dr Duncan Mascarenhas, Associate Professor of Sport Psychology and Coaching at Edinburgh Napier University, to bring you an interactive, free and online course about Touch Rules.

This entry level module is written and owned by England Touch, and is aimed at juniors, new players along with parents and supporters, to help gain knowledge of our sport by learning some of the rules.

The course includes:
1. Basic rules overview and video of referee signals
2. Video and scenarios to watch and answer multiple choice questions
3. Why referee and opportunities available
4. Making you a better player

The course also contains a quiz at the end, to check the participants knowledge, and allows multiple attempts to embed the learning. It will be interactive and online.

Entry requirements: N/A
Duration: In your own time, online
Cost: Free of charge

How to get involved

1 To access the foundation course, click this link and register:

2 Once registered, you will receive an email (check junk folder if not received) and then you'll be able to see the enrolment option.

3 All participants will need this enrolment key to access the materials, enter the following when prompted - touchreferee1

4 You will then be able to see the welcome page and a number of courses. Scroll down to the ‘England Touch Referees’ link

5 Clicking the foundation level badge will start the interactive video quiz. 

6 Once completed, further down you will see the Multi-choice Rules Test link, click this to complete the next part of the course


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