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A referee at the British Junior Open 2016

Refereeing in squash

You enjoy squash and believe in fair play. You love being in the midst of the action and seeing others enjoy the game. You have a sound understanding of the game and are a good communicator. But have you ever thought of using these skills as a referee? Being a referee is a rewarding role, you ensure players adhere to the rules of the game, show fair play, manage the scoring and help spectators understand what’s happening.

Skills needed

You’ll need good observation, leadership, confidence and communication skills to be able to manage a squash game. It also helps if you have an understanding of squash as a player.

If this sounds like you, then join our growing team of referees! We’re committed to qualifying and developing referees, and in the last two years have qualified more than 150 club grade referees. You will need to attend a workshop and pass an exam, then you’ll get the chance to officiate games near you.


For those that have ambitions to officiate at the highest level, there's a structure in place to give you support and opportunities to progress from a newly-qualified ‘club referee’ to ‘national referee’ grade. Initially, you will receive support, training, assessment and mentoring from local referees to help you qualify as a county referee. You'll then have the chance to attend England Squash events to work and progress with more experienced referees.

Get started

Referees play an important role in squash at every level, so why not find out more today? Read more about becoming a referee and find a course near you.