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USA Rugby Referee Courses

The Level 1 Officiating Certification consists of online pre-course work and attendance at an in-person clinic. The course is largely practical so come dressed to run/move around (as much as your body will allow) and participate fully in the clinic.

There will be classroom work to prep and go over the foundational pieces, and then active refereeing and ARing at the 10s tournament on Saturday evening. 

For existing referees - it is free to come along and sit in the course and get a refresher!

We need new blood every season so please share this around your clubs.  We encourage HS boys and girls to get certified as referees to referee youth games.  The Referee Society pays $15/hr for youth and HS 7s games, $50 for HS 15s and $50 for Adult 15s.


To register for a course, log in to your Rugby Xplorer account, click on Learning Center in the left menu, navigate to Course Catalog, select Level 1 Referee Course or Level 2 Referee Course.

Scroll down to find the Phoenix AZ location course, add to Cart and purchase.

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Level 1 Referee Course

Introduction to officiating in a safe, competent and enjoyable way! This course is for people who wish to become Match Officials in local age-grade competitions and senior rugby.

On successful completion of the course a match official will be able to demonstrate basic officiating skills based on appropriate theoretical knowledge and evidence of preparation and planning, and be able to officiate aspects of the game in a modified context.

Cost $85

Sunday, January 7, 2024
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

ASU Fitness Center
400 E Apache Blvd
Tempe, AZ 85287

Fitness Center Phone 480-727-7802

Pre-Course Work:

The course requires you complete 4 online modules provided by World Rugby before attending the course. You will not be able to obtain L1 Referee qualification without completing these modules.

  1. Rugby Ready
  2. Introduction to Match Officiating
  3. Concussion Management
  4. Rugby Laws Exam

Level 2 Referee course for 2024 TBA

Level 2 Referee Course

The Level 2 Referee Course is for any referee that has completed their Level 1 Course and been a referee for at least one season. In this course you will explore further topics such as positioning, advantage, materiality and other techniques to advance as a referee.

Cost $150



Have questions?

Rob Speers

USA Rugby Referee Educator

Phone: (602) 361-7978

Pieter Hugo

Head ASU Rugby and Bobcats Coach

Phone: (630) 287-0632

How to Register for a Course

USA Rugby runs World Rugby courses in the coaching, refereeing, and medical strands.

These courses are all available for registration in the USA Rugby Learning Center.

Access the USA Rugby Learning Center from your "My Profile" page in Rugby Xplorer. Log into your USA Rugby Member Profile. Once on your "My Profile" page, click on "Learning Center" from the left-hand menu.

You will be transferred to the Docebo system.  Once in there, click on the Course Catalog button, then find the L1 Coaching course to sign up for.