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Referee Career Pathways

Module Level 1 Referee

Controlling module games at provincial level.

Level 1 Referee

Controlling module games and possible selection to Tag Day Out regional tournaments, Junior and Secondary Schools tournament.

Level 2 Referee

Controlling module games, Regional and Junior tournaments, Secondary School, Masters, Youth and Open National tournaments.

Level 3 Referee

Eligible for all of the above and including possible selection for all International World Cup events and any Elite tournaments or Trans Tasman series.

Referee Courses

If you would like more information or to attend a course please contact:

The Course can be easily completed during an evening and is almost entirely theory. This course allows for “easy entry” into Tag Refereeing and is ideally suited for the beginner e.g.

  • Players
  • Juniors
  • Player/Referees
  • Coaches
  • Parents completed
  • Teachers
  • Students

This course is designed for

  • Anyone who is wishing to learn about the game of Tag

Course Registration

Course Costs
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Course Duration
Approximately X hours

Course Content

  • Simplified Playing Rules for Tag
  • Basic Playing Rule Application
  • Basic Referee Equipment
  • Basic Referee Skills and Procedures
  • Basic Referee Signals
  • Online multi-choice questions to test your knowledge of this course

Course Qualification
Tag Module Referee course certificate upon successful completion of written test (certificate will be emailed to successful candidates within 10 working days of taking the course).

If you require technical assistance with the Online Tag Module Referee Course please contact 

The Course

  • The Course is over one day and is almost totally theory

This course is designed for:

  • Referees who have passed the Tag Module Referee Course
  • Referees who wish to expand their knowledge on aspects of Refereeing and the Playing Rules of Tag

Course Pre Requisites:

  • Completed and passed Tag Module Referee course

Course Duration

  • 1 day –x-x hours

Course Presenter:

  • NZTFRA Senior Referee Member
  • NZTFRA Director of Referees
  • Qualified Referee Coaches (Assistants)

Course Content:

  • What makes a good referee
  • Characteristics of a good Touch Referee
  • Referee responsibilities
  • Referee Communication
  • Basic Fitness and Nutrition
  • Referee Positioning
  • Referee Systems
  • Scorecard Procedures
  • Advantage
  • Extra Time (Drop off)
  • Sin Bin
  • Player Discipline
  • The Principles behind specific Playing Rules
  • Specific Rule Interpretation and application
  • Written Examination – Multi Choice

Course Qualification:

  • Attend 1 day Level 1 Referee Course
  • Successfully complete Level 1 Referee written examination paper
  • Achieve an on field assessment through practical demonstration of Level 1 performance standards


  • Level 1 Referee Certificate

Course Resources:

  • Level 1 Referee course workbook and Level 1 Written examination paper
  • NZTFI Rulebook

This course will also

  • Increase future selection opportunities for NZTFI Tournaments

The Course:

  • The course is over one day and is almost entirely practical

The Course is designed for

  • Referees who have attended level 1 Referee course and successfully passed the Level 1 Referee written examination. (Achievement of Level 1 is desirable but not essential)
  • Referees who wish to learn the fundamental practical skills of Refereeing
  • Referees who wish to learn how to solve technique and application problems

Course Duration:

  • 1 days – x-x hours

Course Presenters:

  • NZTFRA Referees National Development Officer
  • NZTFRA Senior Referee

Course Content:

  • Referee Communication – Theory
  • Referee Team Building
  • Goal Setting – Theory
  • Whistle and Signals – Practical
  • All aspects of Referee Positioning – Practical
  • Dual and Triple Referee Systems – Practical
  • The Touchdown Procedure – Practical
  • Application of the Penalty – Practical
  • Referee Communication – Practical
  • Setting and Controlling five (5) metres – Practical
  • Application of advantage – Practical
  • Fitness and Preparation – Theory
  • Injury Prevention and Injury treatment – Theory
  • Written Examination – Take home

This course will also:

  • Enhance progression to a high level as a Tag Referee
  • Increase future selection opportunities for NZTFI Tag tournaments
  • Assist entry into the NZTFRA Referee Coaching and Course Presenter programme
  • A must regardless of the level the Referee wishes to aspire and all Referees who participate in the Touch NZ Referee training and development program should be encouraged to attend

Course Qualification:

  • Attend 1 day Referee course
  • Successfully complete Level 2 Referee written examination paper (75% pass required)
  • Achieve an on field assessment through practical demonstration of Level 2 performance standards


  • Level 2 Referee Certificate

Course Resources:

  • Level 2 Referee course manual
  • Level 2 Referee written examination paper

NZTFRA Referees Manager: Vee Vano Email: or 021 022 66324.

NZTFRA National Referee Director: Willie Toelau Email: or 027282 5103.

NZTFRA ChairmanVern Nathan 021 08338827