Join us: Ymunwch â ni

Referees Societies are organised by referees for the benefit of referees and there are so many fantastic reasons to join. Cardiff Referees Society operate like a self-help group where you can meet with other referees to discuss different aspects of your game, share experiences and debate issues.

Other benefits of joining the Society include:

  • Monthly meetings in your locality for social and cultural activities
  • Comradeship and advice on refereeing matters from experienced colleagues
  • Assistance with your development as a referee
  • Representation of your interests at County and National levels with the full support from the Society should you be the victim of unfortunate circumstances or should you receive unjust treatment.
  • Guidance on matters affecting promotion.
  • Direct access to the best range of referee kit and equipment in the country
  • Membership of the Benevolent Fund

Our Aim : Ein Nod

Cardiff Referees’ Society was founded in 1886 by a group of school teachers that met and formed the first Association of Referees in the South Wales area. The aim of the Society was to develop, support and nurture referees and that objective remains the same today! We currently have over 40 members making us one of the largest in the region and we certainly try to be the most vibrant and active Society in Wales.

Meetings : Cyfarfodydd

Meetings take place On The 3rd Thursday of the month - as a result of the panademic and restrictions that are in place it will either be online using Zoom or in person at Whitchurch Rugby And Social Club. Samuels Crescent Whitchurch Cardiff CF14 2TH

Resources : Adnoddau

To help with the development of our referees we have set up a resources pages to help with a variety of training and development needs

Podcast : Podlediad

In addtion to our resources section meetings and other training sessions are now available as a podcast and vodcast those that are unable to attend meetings.

Our Committee: Ein Pwyllgor

The Society is run by volunteers dedicated to help with the development of referees

Rob Clarke


Rob qualified in 1996 and referees his first match in the Cardiff Sunday League. Luckily for him Rodger Gifford was in attendance and he immediately stopped him from twirling his whistle around his finger and the rest is history as they say and he went onto referee at the top level in Wales.

Mike Pedlar


Mike has been a committee member for a number of years and stepped up into the role of Chairman in 2020. Mike is an active referee and currently referees at Tier 3 Ardal SE/SW and South Wales Alliance League.

Amin Said


Amin has been a committee member for a number of years and stepped up into the role of Secretary in 2019. Amin is an active referee and currently referees at Tier 3 Ardal SE/SW and South Wales Alliance League.

David French


David has been a committee member and Treasurer for a number of years. David has retired from refereeeing he previously refereed in the Welsh League and South Wales Senior and Amatueur League


All our members share a passion for refereeing - find click on the links below to find out more about them

The Committee

The ones who love refereeing so much, they give up their free time to run the Association! The committee meet once a month, outside of the main meetings, to discuss all the politics – so you don’t have to. We then send our reports to members as appropriate, leaving more of your time to discuss refereeing, and not the boring stuff. We elect our committee members annually at our AGM.

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Life Members

the society has benefited from the services of select individuals who have distinguished themselves through long-time and unselfish contribution to refereeing in Wales.

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Join Us! : Ymunwch â ni!

To become a member click here and complete the online CRS registration form.

Memberships fees are as follows;
      £10 – Junior or Qualified referee in their 1st Season
      £20 – Adult active referee
Also send us an email to confirm your registration

Contact Us

Cardiff Referees' Society


We have a fully qualified welfare and legal team to help support you through any issues you might have, both on and off the pitch.


We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities for match officials of all ages, abilities and levels.

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