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For many, refereeing is a challenging and rewarding pastime.

For some others, refereeing will lead to a new career and the chance to travel the country and maybe even the world. In many ways, the opportunities for our match officials mirror the Greatest Game of All’s player pathways.

Like our leading players, referees are training harder than ever before and are striving to improve their skills and fitness. Programs like the QRL Referees’ High Performance Unit are driving this progress.

This innovative Unit provides expert coaching and specialist training for more than 80 of the state’s leading match officials. High Performance and Academy members officiate at all levels of the game, from local competitions through to the Connell & Meninga Cups, FOGS Cup & Colts, Intrust Super Cup and the NRL.

Under the guidance of Eddie Ward and John Topp, more and more Queensland match officials are moving into NRL full-time and part-time squads. This is testament to the professionalism of the High Performance Unit, whose members now train out of the state of the art facilities at the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS).

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Referees News...

  • Northern rugby league experience

    Northern rugby league experience

    Sean Durant (Game Development Officer – Northern Queensland) shares his journey where he recently travelled to referee the Northern Peninsula Area match in Far North Queensland.

  • Gallery: Glitz and glamour

    Gallery: Glitz and glamour

    All the glitz and glamour photos from QRL's Major Competitions Awards Night on Wednesday evening at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds...

  • Gallery: QRL Award winners

    Gallery: QRL Award winners

    A great night was had by all at the QRL's Major Competitions Awards Night on Wednesday night at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds - See photos of all the winners from QRL's Awards Night right here...

  • LIVE STREAM: QRL Awards

    LIVE STREAM: QRL Awards

    Tune into the LIVE STREAM broadcast of the QRL Awards night at 7pm. Coming to you LIVE from the Royal International Convention Centre at the Brisbane Showgrounds and featuring...

  • NRL referees assist Ipswich members

    NRL referees assist Ipswich members

    Experienced match official Russell Turner talks to members of the Ipswich Rugby League Referees’ Association.

  • GBJRL volunteer award for Sherryl

    GBJRL volunteer award for Sherryl

    This year, the Greater Brisbane Junior Rugby League held their annual “Women in League” event, which this year incorporated the Female Volunteer of the Year Award.

  • Jayden jumps at national chance

    Jayden jumps at national chance

    After a breakthrough performance at last month’s Queensland Primary Schools Rugby League carnival, promising Richlands-based referee Jayden Beavis is ready to make his mark at his first national event.

  • Qld touchie earns Origin call-up

    Qld touchie earns Origin call-up

    Michael Wise will make history on Wednesday when he becomes the first Queensland-based match official in an Origin match since Eddie Ward in 1997.

  • Livestream - Residents, State finals

    Livestream - Residents, State finals

    Be sure to tune in this Sunday to a grand day of Rugby League action - Coverage starts with the State final of the U16 Cyril Connel Cup, followed by U18 Mal Meninga Cup, then QLD Residents take on the NSW Residents...

  • Changing nature of match officials

    Changing nature of match officials

    This week, Tony looks at the role of referees in our games and how technology and new systems are changing their involvement in the game.

  • Todd Greenberg appointed NRL CEO

    Todd Greenberg appointed NRL CEO

    Todd Greenberg has been appointed CEO of the National Rugby League. Chairman John Grant said: "Our local and international search identified a number of highly...

  • February 27 trial games information

    February 27 trial games information

    The CQ Capras are the only Intrust Super Cup side in action in trial games this weekend, with the Rockhampton-based club hosting the St George Illawarra Dragons on Saturday night.

  • Zaidee’s Foundation Round launch

    Zaidee’s Foundation Round launch

    QRL Head of Football Neil Wharton, Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation CEO Allan Turner and Sunshine Coast Falcons forward Ryan Hansen were on the Sunshine Coast to officially launch the Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation Round.

  • Trial games / refs February 19-21

    Trial games / refs February 19-21

    Early risers will no doubt be tuning in to watch the World Club Series being played in the UK this weekend – but closer to home, there is plenty of football to keep fans entertained.

  • Referees get ready for 2016 season

    Referees get ready for 2016 season

    QRL Media recently attended a training session with the QRL Referees High Performance Unit to see how they are preparing for the upcoming season.