Match Officials Signals
Have you ever wondered what referee signals mean? Here are some of the most common Match Officials' signals within the community game.
Whilst pointing to the spot, the referee should also blow the whistle.
The referee should hold one arm up in the air and blow the whistle.
No Try / No Goal
The referee should wave their arms around waist height. They should cross in the middle and stretch out wide.
The referee should have their fingertips meeting in the top, centre of the chest and then outstrech one arm to the team with head and feed at the scrum.
The referee should have their arm outstreched and move it from their side to the front to indicate a forward movement.
With the palms facing up, the referee should place their hands together around waist height.
The referee should have one arm forward to signal a penalty and move the other with a backwards motion to signal offside.
The referee should have a hand in front of the mouth with a slight forwards and backwards movement.
Whilst blowing the whistle, the referee should stretch one arm to the team gaining the penalty.
The referee should stretch one arm to the team gaining the differential penalty and move the arm with an upwards and downwards motion.
Ball Touched in Flight
Around head height, the referee should place their hands together and move them up and down slightly.
Markers not Square
The referee should hold their hands in front of eachother and cross them in front of the chest area.
Touch Judge Signals
Touch Judges are a vital part of the game, assisting the referee in their decisions.
Touch / Successful Goal Kick
The touch judge should raise the flag above their head to indicate the ball or the player in possession of the ball is in touch. The same signal is also used to signal a successful kick at goal.
Unsuccessful Goal Kick
The flag should ba waved widely from side to side at waist height 3/4 times.
With the palms facing up, the touch judge should place their hands together around waist height, keeping the flag held firmly.
Out on the Full (Ball Back)
The touch judge should wave the flag around head height from one side to the other 2/3 times to signal that the ball has gone out on the full.
The flag should be held upright in front of the body.
20 Metre Optional Restart / Goal Line Drop Out
The flag should be waved between the shoulder and the knee approximately 3/4 times and the free arm should point to either the Goal Line (for a Goal Line Drop Out) or the 20 Metre Line (for a 20 Metre Optional Restart).