Thank you for your interest in joining LSRFUR

So, you want to become a referee? There are a number of ways of getting involved!

One of the best ways to get a taster could be through our “Take Up the Whistle” course - it’s an introduction to all things refereeing and is run by our own training team. Latest course dates are here.

Alternatively, to get a feel for refereeing and the society, you could come along to a training event in one of the regions - contact details are on the respective regional pages.

For those who are already qualified referees, transferring from another Society in the UK or overseas, you can download and complete the New Referees Application Form.

Once completed, please email to society Recruitment Manager, Bob Ockenden: or 07979 797694.

If you aren’t qualified, and want to safely enjoy refereeing adult rugby, you will need to complete the England Rugby Refereeing Award - further details of courses and locations can be found on our Training Courses page.

LSRFUR will refund the RFU course fee if you complete 10 games for the Society in your first season! So - what are you waiting for?

Download the new joiners form below, or get in touch with our Recruitment Manager, Bob Ockenden:

Information for New Referees

The Society is divided into four regions, each with its own Regional Manager and Appointments Secretary. As well as covering central London fixtures, each region has loose geographic boundaries:

Each region has a Regional Manager and recruitment teams to on-board new referees.  As a Regional referee you will normally be appointed to games within that geographical Region. Each Region has regular meetings, roughly every 6 weeks. The meetings are a great opportunity to meet other referees and to learn from the Guest Speakers. The programme of meetings contributes to your overall Continuous Referee Development, so whilst not compulsory, you are strongly encouraged to get along to as many as possible. The Society also hosts a number of Central Meetings each season, held in central London.

LSRFUR: Women into refereeing


With the massive growth in Women and Girls Rugby, the number of rugby matches locally, nationally & worldwide is multiplying! Rugby Union needs to recruit more referees to facilitate ALL games. The aim of this taster session at Wimbledon RFC on 15/5/18 was to encourage females to get involved and to discover the fun and satisfaction of refereeing all types of games.


LSRFUR: Young Referees

LSRFUR is working hard to recruit and develop the next generation of Match Officials. In this video, find out how Young Match Officials at one School have developed their on-field skills, and how refereeing has given them broader skills with which to grow and develop as individuals.