Referees can benefit from various support resources to help them on their mission.
The World Rugby website is a tremendous platform informing on the laws and their variations - also including video tutorials for match officials. The exercices will build your understanding of how the laws are applied on the field of play. The laws are available in 12 languages and have specific sections on:
The playing charter – the basic principles which relate to the playing, coaching and application of law
Specific definitions which explain terminology
Each of the 21 laws
Detail on the variations for under-19, sevens and 10s
Video and still images of match official signals
Application guidelines which have been issued by World Rugby to help referees to apply specific laws
A catalogue of law clarifications whereby unions have made specific requests
Modified forms of the game such as beach, tag and 10s Rugby.
The World Rugby Laws exam is available at the World Rugby online learning system.
After completing the World Rugby Laws exam, you can download your personalised awareness certificate. Registration is free and takes only a few minutes. This self-check multiple choice exam is a pre-requisite for many World Rugby and union-specific educational courses for referees, coaches and match management staff.
Open to: Any coaches, referees, educators, players, managers, administrators of Swiss Rugby clubs.
Instructors: World Rugby Match Official Educators
Certificate: World Rugby Introduction to Match Officiating (WR Level 1)
The course aims to provide learners who have an interest in becoming a match official or in improving their skills and knowledge regarding refereeing with a basic level of understanding of how to referee. The course consists of an online module to be completed before the course, and a 1-day course with a WR Educator.
Upon successful completion of both the online module and face-to-face course, participants should be able to demonstrate basic officiating skills and to officiate aspects of the game in a modified context. Participants will get a chance to try their hand at officiating different aspects of the game or game situations.
Participants wishing to referee in the Swiss Leagues following the successful completion of this course, will only need to follow a brief introduction on match administration in the Swiss Leagues, without needing to complete the entire LCA course.