NAI7s will run Thu July 25 to Sat July 27th in Salt Lake City, Utah

Here’s an opportunity to take a little vacation and improve your reffing skills! Day 1 (Thu July 25th) will commence at 11am sharp and will be a full day of referee training, both classroom presentations as well as practical conducted by a crew of both MLR and USA Rugby personnel. Lunch and dinner will be […]

Did you know?? CARFU-RS Supports the MLR Hounds

Back at it again, the CARFU-RS super squad is gearing up to support Major League Rugby here in Chicago! This is the second year our society is supporting the Chicago Hounds home games as part of the technical zone. This is an exciting opportunity to work on some more technical game management skills, including time […]

Whiskey 10s is around the corner!

Does this unseasonably warm weather have you eager for rugby season? Please take a moment to complete your availability for the spring season, through the end of May. We have referee requests pouring in with high school teams starting pre-season scrimmages and Whisky 10’s just 2 weeks away! Imagine, this could be the year that others […]

Sign up! L1 Referee course

If you have already attended the L1 but would like a refresher, you are welcome to attend at no charge. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please pass along this information. And if cost to attend is an issue, please have the candidate contact Amanda or Dawn and we can work something out. […]


For 39 years now (give or take a pandemic or flood!), rugby clubs–and referees–from all across North America have traveled to Nashville for this extraordinary event. Last year more than 100 teams enjoyed good running rugby, festive music and the great camaraderie that has come to define the Nash Bash.

With such a large event, referee exchanges are encouraged! We offer lodging, game-day meals/drinks, Saturday ref team dinner and AGM attendance (Big Bash only), plus game fees/travel stipend and a dry fit referee jersey. If you are interested in reffing at Nash Bash this year please email Tim Sheridan by 2/23; he will send your interest to Jake Winkler of WRRS.

BIG BASH: 3/23-24/2024
U19: 4/13-14/2024
Field Address: 2131 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37210

2021 return to play information

Rugby is slowing waking up from an extended slumber throughout the Midwest, and the CARFU Referee Society is no exception. With the Midwest Rugby Union, CARFU, and Rugby Illinois having approved return-to-play protocols, the CARFU Referee Society is ready to get out on to the pitch. If you’re a referee and have questions about returning […]

Be Part of It – Become a Referee

Chicago Area Rugby Football Union Referee Society will be hosting an introductory Referee Course in March 2020. Level 1 Officiating Sunday March 22 (Kicking off at 9:00am until 5:00pm) A Level 1 Certification is one requirement to referee any contact match sanctioned by USA Rugby. The Level 1 Officiating Certification consists of online pre-course […]

The Rugby Weekend 2018

Are you going? Thank you to WGN 9 Chicago and Pat Tomasulo for promoting the event this morning.

Referee Abuse

USA RUGBY DIRECTIVE Verbal abuse by team coaches, team staff or team substitutes directed at match officials or players should not be tolerated and the following process should be followed: The referee will ask the identified person to refrain from their behavior. On the second occasion the referee will EJECT the person from the grounds. […]