NEW TO REFEREEING?
Have a passion for whistling? Want to watch from the best seat in the house?
Become a USA Touch referee!
Refereeing can improve your knowledge of the game, build your on-field confidence, keep you fit, and gives you the opportunity to connect with our incredible community.
Getting started is as simple as signing-up for the course below!
Contact your regional referee committee or USA Touch’s head referee Jay Alston (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or for support in starting your referee journey.
COURSES & LEVELS
Touch Rugby rules must be interpreted and applied with absolute consistency wherever and whenever the competition is taking place. USA Touch has developed a training and education system for our referees to ensure that refereeing standards continue to improve, and the rules of the game are applied.
The newly improved Referee Pathway provides a clear career path for touch referees to advance their levels both nationally and internationally. Courses are centered on building practical skills and improve referee performance and this new system allows touch referee education in consistent with the international education standards and ensure the quality consistency across the game in our country.
The redesigned Referee Pathway will be supported by the new USA Touch website and our first online referee course. The Park Level Referee Course will serve as an integral part of the new Referee License. Course registration and administration will be conducted through the USA Touch website.
New referees will certify under the new standards beginning on April 1. Current referees who hold an active certification when the new Referee Pathway goes into effect will retain their current certification and continue officiating as they have been for the rest of the registration year. All current referees will be able to transition seamlessly into the new Pathway to continue their journey as a match official.
PARK LEVEL REFEREE (LEVEL 0)
A referee’s journey begins at the Park level. Level 0 Referees are qualified to officiate competitive, small-sided or recreational youth matches and amateur adult matches. The Park Level License has only an online component. Park Referees will register for courses and be certified through the USAT website.
LOCAL REFEREE (LEVEL 1 AND LEVEL 2)
USA Touch Regional Referees are qualified to officiate competitive local competitions, regional events and National competitions. The Regional Level License has both an online and in-person component. Regional Referees will need to pass the Level 1 or Level 2 online component courses and be certified through USA Touch Referee Committees. For information about registering for a Regional Referee Course, contact your club
REGIONAL REFEREE (LEVEL 3)
USA Touch National Referees are qualified to officiate national matches. The National Level License has both an online and in-person component. Regional Referees will need to pass the Level 3 online component courses and be certified through USA Touch Referee Committees.
NATIONAL REFEREE (LEVEL 4)
Professional Referees are qualified to officiate matches in any domestic competition, as well as certain international matches. Candidates are selected by USA Touch based on performance at the National Referee level.
FIT (LEVEL 5)
FIT Referees are qualified to officiate international matches at the highest level, including FIT World Cup competitions. This elite group of referees is recommended by the USA Touch Referee Committee, nominated by the USA Touch Board of Directors and approved by FIT.