Getting Started in Refereeing

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Officials perform a vital role in the sport, enabling participants to compete within the spirit of the sport through the effective application of its rules and laws. With the continued increase in the popularity of American football the demand for officials is growing across a range of formats, from11-a-side, 8-a-side, 5-a-side and Flag football.


BAFA, through its Referees’ Association, is committed to providing an officiating pathway and support system which aids the recruitment, retention and development of officials across both contact and non contact football.

Qualification clinics, on-field training, localised support groups, an extensive resource library and national conventions form the core of the Referees’ Association’s offer.