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Who is the REF

The RFU in conjunction with the RFRU have established a business partnership with Officials for to provide a national licence for Who’s The Ref system for the appointment and deployment of match officials across the grassroots game and improve management reporting and data quality.

The ‘Who’s The Ref (WTR), Gold Standard’, is now available to all referees societies free at the point of use and delivers on the recommendation of the Match Officials blueprint for common data standards across the game.

For those societies who have already been using a previous version of WTR, the system already in place will continue to operate exactly as it has before, without any adjustments or modifications, except for the increased functionality offered by the upgraded ‘Gold Standard’ version.

The enhanced WTR Gold Standard IT system will not only serve the interests of referee societies but the wider interests of the game. The new system will be able to capture accurate data on the number of matches being handled by a qualified and trained official, total number of games being played, number of games uncovered by trained officials and the number of scheduled matches which have failed to take place.

WTR will also help contribute to the wider understanding of the grassroots game and links into the RFU’s Game Management System (GMS), ensuring its compatibility with other RFU systems as well as any data protection implications especially in the light of the forthcoming latest European data protection directives (known as GDPR).

For societies not currently using WTR, but who wish to do so, please email

If you are a referee, click HERE to login to GMS and update your information.