The referee and his fellow match officials are entrusted with a weighty role - to apply the rules of our games. Gaelic Games is unique in that the team of match officials consists of a referee, two linesmen, four umpires and the sideline official.
The essential role, responsibility and privilege of the team of match officials is to apply the rules in order to create the conditions for our games to be played well. Proper application of the rules creates these conditions. In that way we will value those players that play with skill, courage, commitment, genius, flair, strength and legitimate aggression.
GAA Referee Recruitment
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.
Why Become a GAA Referee?
Stay involved with the game as an alternative to playing
Fitness – It’s a great way to keep fit
Ambition – could you referee a County Final or even an All-Ireland?
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Give Something Back - offers players, at the end of their playing days, the opportunity to continue in the sport
Personal Development - helps to develop personal skills that are of value in all walks of life
What qualities are required to become a GAA Referee?
Good knowledge of the playing rules
Be physically and mentally fit
Have the ability to remain calm
Have the moral courage to take decisions which are correct
How do I become a Referee?
The first thing to do, is to contact your local Referee Administrator or Recruitment Officer who will give you details on upcoming GAA Referee Foundation Course in your local area, which you will have to complete before you can referee games. GAA Club Referee Course will take 3 nights to complete and will be delivered by GAA Referee Tutors.