It is IRFU Policy that all matches from U13 upwards are refereed by:
• Branch Referees or
• Club & School Affiliate Referees
Club & school affiliate referees are not branch referees. Club and school affiliate referees are defined as adult persons (Aged 18 to 59). They are club or school members who are qualified to referee matches involving their own club or school where no branch referee is available or has not been appointed. They usually referee underage games and provide an important function in servicing the game at this level in their club or school.
Who appoints Club & School Affiliate Referees?
The responsibility for their appointment lies solely with their club or school.
Are they members of a branch referee society or association?
No, they are entirely separate. Club and school affiliate referees are a refereeing resource within their own club or school and have no involvement with their branch referee association / society.
Can I affiliate to more than one club or school?
No, affiliate referees can only affiliate to one club and one school.
What games can they referee?
They are appointed by their club or school. They can only referee games involving their own club or school, home or away.
How do I become an affiliate referee?
You must successfully complete two World Rugby online training components and attend an IRFU Club and School Affiliate Workshop.
Complete World Rugby Law Exam Module - click here.
Complete World Rugby Concussion Management for General Public Module - click here.
Both these components require online registration with the World Rugby Training Passport portal. On completion you should print your certificate. This is important, as you will need to provide the printed certificate to attend the IRFU Club and School Affiliate workshop.
Attend a Club and School Affiliate workshop. This is a two and a half hour module covering the basics of successful and safe refereeing.
*Please note that you will not gain entry to the workshop without providing the printed certificates outlined above*
I am interested, who do I contact?
To book your place on one of our affiliate referee courses, please visit >> http://www.munsterrugbycoachingindex.com/affiliate-referee-courses
For further information, please email email@example.com.
Is there a cost?
No, there is no cost. Just remember to bring both completed certificates to the course to gain entry.
How long will my accreditation last?
Once completed your accreditation will last for 4 seasons including the season that you attended. For example if you attend in October 2016 your accreditation will expire on July 31st 2020.
Please note that from time to time you may need to undertake further training on important law changes or safety management to keep your accreditation active. You will be notified of this by email.