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Getting Started

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.

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 Alice 'Scooby' Watchorn. She is joined by Bronwyn Wake (Courses Coordinator), Melissa Day (Media and Communications Coordinator) and the rest of the referee committee. 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

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?

We are always looking for referees to come along to ETA tournaments!

Club tournaments

England Touch has a series of two-day and one-day tournaments held throughout the season. CLICK HERE to see the full list of dates and CLICK HERE to register your interest in officiating. 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!

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. The 2018 Nationals events will be in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, on the August Bank Holiday, with the Junior and Senior event in September.

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.

National Referees Manager Alice Watchorn will be assisted by a number of committed individuals across a number of areas during the coming season.

Ian Syder – Referee Pathway

Bronwyn Wake – Referee Courses (

Melissa Day – Referee Communications

Roger Neighbours – Tournament Co-ordinator

Stephen Dubreuil – Tournament Assistant

All of the above can be emailed via

We are England Touch

We are the players. We are the supporters, willing us on. We are the medals, waiting to be won. We are the touchdowns, waiting to be scored. We are the men and women of all ages. We are the talent of today. We are the potential for tomorrow. We are one team. We are England Touch