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Becoming a match official

Are you interested in becoming a referee? Think you can do better? Then “Put your whistle where your mouth is” and “Become a GAA Referee”!

The GAA have Referee Administrators & Recruitment Officers in each of the 32 Counties to help you get started and assist you in progress as a referee.

See GAA.ie/referee for more information

The first stage in becoming a referee is to contact your local County Referee’s Administrator and the second stage is to complete the GAA Club Referee Foundation Course. This is a blended learning course, this comprises of an online GAA Learning course, and a one day in-person session delivered by GAA Referee Tutors. To learn more click HERE. Following the completion of this course and the successful completion of the rules test, the referee is qualified to referee at Club level.

Neutral linesmen at Club and Inter-county are usually qualified referees.

Umpires are normally acquaintances of the referee who have completed an Umpire Training Course.