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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...

  • QRL confirms licensees

    QRL confirms licensees

    The Queensland Rugby League is pleased to announce the next term of licensees as part of its ongoing support for grassroots rugby league.

  • QRL referees State of Mind session

    QRL referees State of Mind session

    Leading NRL referee Matt Cecchin recently spent time with the Queensland Rugby League High Performance Unit referees in his role as a State of Mind ambassador.

  • Match official milestone

    Match official milestone

    Congratulations to match official Tim Rutherford who will referee his 100th (Queensland) Intrust Super Cup game this weekend.

  • Qld touchies back for Game II

    Qld touchies back for Game II

    Queensland pair Brett Suttor and Chris Butler have been tapped as touch judges for Game II of Origin, backing up from the same roles in the Suncorp Stadium series opener last month.

  • Qld officials earn Origin call-up

    Qld officials earn Origin call-up

    'In-form and experienced' Queenslanders Brett Suttor and Chris Butler named as touch judges for Origin opener in Brisbane.

  • Gallery: FOGS U20 Cup Bears v Tweed

    Gallery: FOGS U20 Cup Bears v Tweed

    The Burleigh Bears picked up their first win of the season in Round 6, defeating derby rivals the Tweed Heads 24-14.

  • New NRL State of Mind ambassadors

    New NRL State of Mind ambassadors

    Leading NRL referees Ben Cummins and Matt Cecchin will join a total of 13 new NRL State of Mind ambassadors supporting the game’s State of Mind mental health program.

  • Vale Richard Johnston

    Vale Richard Johnston

    The Queensland Rugby League would like to send its deepest condolences to the family and friends of highly-regarded referees’ coach Richard Johnston OAM, who has passed away aged 77.

  • New view suits Bronson

    New view suits Bronson

    In his own words, Bronson Ryan was a pesky former halfback who did everything he could to get a result for his team.

  • Family of referees love league

    Family of referees love league

    The Anderson family from Ipswich recently featured in the Queensland Times newspaper for their combined love of rugby league.

  • RDJRL teams make this season theirs

    RDJRL teams make this season theirs

    Round 3 of the Rockhampton and District Junior Rugby League kicked off on Friday night with some teams making this season their year with some very good results.

  • Sleeman's pathway to the big time

    Sleeman's pathway to the big time

    Belinda Sleeman’s involvement with the local touch football competition in Rockhampton provided the pathway for her entry into refereeing and now the NRL match official has come full circle by joining Queensland Touch Football in a full-time media role.

  • Referees tackle gruelling challenge

    Referees tackle gruelling challenge

    Queensland's leading referees are a resilient bunch.

  • 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.