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

2024 National League Rules and Playlists

Please find here the updated 2024 National League rules. Please read through the rules! Significant updates include (not limited to): Formal clarification that each day of a weekend league competition is counted as one tournament for that division 3.5 Overseas athletes: guidance on eligibility requirements for overseas athletes 7. Refereeing: grade naming update to […]

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

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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.