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GAA Referee Recruitment 

Are you interested in becoming a referee? Think you can do better? Then “Put your whistle where your mouth is” and “Become a GAA Referee”! 

The GAA have Referee Administrators & Recruitment Officers in each of the 32 Counties to help you get started and assist you in progress as a referee.


Why Become a GAA Referee?

Stay involved with the game as an alternative to playing

Fitness – It’s a great way to keep fit

Ambition – could you referee a County Final or even an All-Ireland?

Learn more about the game

Give Something Back - offers players, at the end of their playing days, the opportunity to continue in the sport

Personal Development - helps to develop personal skills that are of value in all walks of life


What qualities are required to become a GAA Referee?

•Good knowledge of the playing rules

•Be physically and mentally fit

•Have the ability to remain calm

•Have the moral courage to take decisions which are correct


How do I become a Referee?

The first thing to do, is to contact your local Referee Administrator or Recruitment Officer who will give you details on upcoming GAA Referee Foundation Course in your local area, which you will have to complete before you can referee games. GAA Club Referee Course will take 3 nights to complete and will be delivered by GAA Referee Tutors.