Match Officials

Match officials have an important role in the prevention and management of concussion. Through the correct and consistent application of the laws of the game they are able to influence players and their coaches' behaviour towards concussion. At certain games, there may not be a coach, so the match official’s role becomes more significant.

Take the 20 minute online course which will explain what concussion is, how it happens and what match officials can do can do to help players avoid injury.

When you complete the course, you will be able to print off a certificate and submit your details to have the achievement added to your RFU learning record.

Some people are having issues with certificates not printing, or coming up blank, if this happens please do take a screen shot of the "Congratulations" screen at the end of the quiz to show as proof of completion if required by your club, college or school; and email details of which browser and device you were using to so we can investigate any issues.

If you suspect concussion you should ask for the player to be assessed and/or removed from play right away. Continuing to play increases their risk of more severe, longer lasting concussion symptoms, as well as increasing their risk of other injury. Even if a player is cleared to play by a team doctor and you are concerned that they continue to show signs or symptoms of concussion you should remind the doctor of their responsibilities to the player and you are within your rights, under Law 3.9, to remove the player from the game.

Law 3.9: The referee's power to stop an injured player from continuing

If the referee decides – with or without the advice of a doctor or other medically qualified person – that a player is so injured that the player should stop playing, the referee may order that player to leave the playing area. The referee may also order an injured player to leave the field in order to be medically examined.

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The information contained in this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for appropriate medical advice or care. If you believe that you or someone under your care has sustained a concussion we strongly recommend that you contact a qualified health care professional for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. The authors have made responsible efforts to include accurate and timely information. However they make no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy of the information contained and specifically disclaim any liability in connection with the content on this site.