Match Officials


Step into the world of SARL Match Officials

Join our team of Match Officials.

Becoming a match official is a vital role within the game of Rugby League, whether you’re overseeing an International test final or refereeing an under-16 match once a month. The game simply wouldn’t function without dedicated match officials. The match officials program at SARL spans from the first steps as an official to the culmination of one’s involvement in the game. South African Rugby League values the contribution of volunteers, offering opportunities in various aspects of the sport.

By becoming a Match Official, Rugby League Touch Judge or Technical Zone Manager, you not only committing your time to one of the country’s fastest-growing sport but also investing in personal development. Match officials exude pride, confidence, and excellent interpersonal skills. Maintaining high fitness and good health is paramount. Plus, the added perk is always having the best seat in the house – closer to the action than anyone else.

The opportunities as a Match Official are limitless, ranging from grassroots levels to international matches. We empower you to set and achieve your goals from day one, guiding you to be the best you can be.

To embark on this journey, aspiring match officials must attend a series of courses.

·   Starting with the Introduction, Foundation and Touch Judge Course you gain a comprehensive understanding of Rugby League within a 7-hour period.

·        After these initial courses, Level 1 follows, providing theoretical law interpretations over two days.

·      Subsequently, Level 2 entails a two-day practical course, culminating in the examination of officiating matches.

For those reaching a satisfactory level through practical experience, the Level 3 exam opens doors to the Provincial Level, with potential nominations for international exams.

Talented match officials have the chance to enter the performance pathway, officiating in professional games. This involves showcasing talent at the local level, completing the RFL fitness test, and progressing through Club Level, Rhino Cup, Provincial games, and ultimately International matches.

Match Officials are categorized into grades, including International, Level 3, Level 2, Level 1, and Qualified Foundation Match Officials.

There’s also an option as a Touch Judge, a popular choice for those with talent but perhaps not the confidence to be in the middle with the whistle.

Additionally, there’s the option to explore the Technical Zone side of the match which entails time and score keeping, player movement and completing match reports after the matches. 

No sport can thrive without dedicated officials. If you have the passion and ability to contribute as an official or touch judge with the South African Rugby League Match Officials Organization, we want to hear from you.

Contact the Chairperson (Naomi Erasmus) at to be part of the rugby league family.

Be a sport – join us!

Current Rankings ​ 2023 / 2024

Level 3: AJ Barnard and Rudolph Du Plooy

Level 2: Ewan Badenhorst

Level 1: Enrico Hepburn

Best upcoming match official: Michael Viljoen

Coach / Trainer: Willie Ferreira

Become a Match Official