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

Upcoming Online Ref Courses

The Referee Committee are running two Grade 3/4 ref courses in the coming weeks, with details on a Grade 1/2 course to follow: – Saturday 26/3 – Sunday 10/4 Location: Online ( Zoom details below) Course Provider: Elan Winter Time: 0900-1600ish Costs: £15 – Course and Exam The course comprises of a theory session, guided […]

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 […]

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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.