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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).



Referees News...

  • Gallery: QRL Leadership Conference

    Gallery: QRL Leadership Conference

    The QRL's Leadership Conference was held on the Sunshine Coast this past weekend, with volunteers and club administrators from across the state attending to hear from highly credentialed speakers.

  • Trial games: February 3-5

    Trial games: February 3-5

    A number of Intrust Super Cup clubs will be starting their preparations for the season ahead with trial games this weekend.

  • QRL ‘Q’ Licensing Program

    QRL ‘Q’ Licensing Program

    The Queensland Rugby League is requesting proposals from companies interested in acquiring the right to be an Official Licensee for the QRL.

  • QRL Christmas Office closure 2016-2017

    QRL Christmas Office closure 2016-2017

    The Queensland Rugby League would like to wish all rugby league fans a happy and safe festive break.

  • Ipswich referees share festive cheer

    Ipswich referees share festive cheer

    The Ipswich Rugby League Referees Association have been getting into the festive spirit and have done their bit to try and bring some Christmas cheer to families in need.

  • Referee rewarded for volunteering

    Referee rewarded for volunteering

    Central Highlands and Central West Referees President Bruce Ryan was named the 2016 Volunteer of the Year by the QRL Referees Advisory Committee at the weekend.

  • SEQ Referees Association positions

    SEQ Referees Association positions

    All three South East Queensland Referees Associations recently held their AGMs with the following people elected to key positions.

  • Logan Brothers claim Tassell Trophy

    Logan Brothers claim Tassell Trophy

    Vico Oval in Cairns saw 270 rugby league players from 14 teams converge last weekend (September 24-25) to take part in the annual Tassell Trophy Challenge.

  • 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...



    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.