Referees and Match Officials

Combined Liability 

When taking charge of a match, you should do all you reasonably can to reduce or eliminate loss, damage or injury to others. 

If someone suffers an injury it may be alleged that you are responsible as the person in control of the match and you may be required to pay compensation if it is found that you are legally liable. 

The RFU has arranged liability protection for referees and match officials working at any RFU club or competition.

The cover includes:

  • Public Liability insurance - protects in respect of a claim made against you following loss, damage or injury to someone else or their property. Cover is provided up to a maximum limit of £25m. 
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance - protection in respect of a claim for compensation made against you for financial loss allegedly caused by negligent errors or ommissions in advice that you have provided. This includes defamation cover. 
This cover includes protection for touch judges, trainers and instructors during an RFU approved activity. 

Personal Accident 

The RFU has arranged Personal Accident insurance cover for referees and match officials working at RFU affiliated clubs and competitions.

Cover applied whilst refereeing or playing, including competitive matches and training, and you are also covered whilst commuting to and/or from a match that you are taking part in. 

The policy, arranged with RSA, provides fixed benefit payments for death and permanently disabling or catastrophic injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury or spinal injury, caused as a result of an accident that occurs whilst you are taking part in the sport.  

Cover is not included for sickness or injuries resulting from a medical condition. Cover is also not included for loss of income if you are temporarily injured. If you feel that such cover is required we recommend that you take out an additional policy that is appropriate for your needs. 

More details of the Personal Accident insurance can be found here.