Polo refereeing in the UK is managed by a Sub-Committee of senior referees and an administrator, known as the Chief Referee’s Sub-Committee. The structure of Refereeing in the UK is constantly reviewed. If you have suggestions about improving the overall structure of refereeing in the short and long-term please contact Reporting to the Polo Committee, the Chief Referee's Sub-Committee is responsible for:

  • Rule interpretation and implementation for BCU Polo events

  • Disciplinary matters

  • Arrangements for referee development including the provision of formal training courses and the associated examination papers and practical assessments

  • The creation and upkeep of comprehensive data and records on all trainee and qualified referees in the UK

Ref News

Southampton Referee Course

There will be a referee course taking place at Southampton Uni on the 10th February. Cost is: £12.50 for course and exam £20 to include ref pack (Whistle, Cards, Lanyard, Paddle gauge) Details of car parking time and location: Southampton Uni Course details To book a place email

Referee Theory Courses

We encourage clubs or individuals looking to improve their refereeing standard or who are pushing for promotion this season to attend theory courses: 4th November grade 3/4 theory course at Cherwell: 9.30 till 4. £20 inc ref pack £12.50 without. Contact to book on. A practical assessment is also required, these must be actively […]

Grade 1 Ref Course

There will be a Grade 1 referee course held on the 10th December in Coventry before the Division 2 tournament. The course will be in the format of a grade 1-2 theory session,  for the Division 1 season there will be discussion on the new ICF rules for implementation as of January 1st. For more […]

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Rules & References

Our rulebook along with broader ICF rules as well as any published refereeing documents.

Grades & Assessments

Information on the British Grade 1 to 4 standards and how to get assessed (both theory and practical).

Referee Listings

The referee listings database to check your current qualification status and find assessors.