About MRL


Refereeing is a fun, exciting, non-contact way to be involved with Rugby League. You get to see all the action from the best position on the field and it’s a great way to keep fit at the same time. Referees play an important role in providing a fun and safe environment for all Rugby League participants.

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Referee Mini Mod Course
This course is for coaches, managers, trainers, mums, dads – basically, anyone that is interested in refereeing mini/mod footy.

This course has three compulsory components:
- Safe play code
- Mini Mod rules
- Understanding of signals and using the whistle

Touch Judge Course
A touch judge plays a very important role in any game of rugby league; communicating with the referee verbally and/or through a number of flag and hand signals to indicate specific breaches e.g. forward pass, knock on etc.

This course if for anyone over the age of 14 with a keen interest in rugby league.

This course has three compulsory components:
- International rules
- Positioning
- Signals and communication

International Referee Course
This course is for anyone over the age of 15 interested in becoming an international referee.

This course has five compulsory components
- Fitness/ Skills and drills
- Theory and practical training
- Coaching courses
- International referee exchanges
- Joining the Referees' Association

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