Referees play a key role in judo: enabling competition between athletes by conducting contests in a fair and safe way.


Refereeing is a challenging, rewarding and satisfying volunteer role within British Judo. As well as being enjoyable and social in itself, refereeing helps equip people with life skills such as confidence and decisiveness, these attributes help referees in many other aspects of life.


Whether you want to support club competitions local to you, referee area competitions or take charge of a British Championships final, there are refereeing roles to suit you. If you really have what it takes, there are also opportunities to referee internationally.

Upcoming Courses / Assessments

Club Referee Course – 23 June 2019 – Lopham Village Hall
Club Referee Course – 02 November 2019 – Venue TBC
Area Referee Course – 16 November 2019 – Venue TBC

Club Referee Assessment – 03 November 2019 – Thetford
Area Referee Assessment – 03 November 2019 – Thetford
National C Referee Assessment – 03 November 2019 – Thetford

Useful Documents