Officiating

Officiating is essential to the successful operation of sport in the UK. SkillsActive worked in partnership with Sports Officials UK (SOUK) to create three suites of NOS for officiating in sport at levels 2, 3 and 4.

  • Officiating level 2: developed for entry level officials
  • Officiating level 3: developed for regional or county level officials
  • Officiating level 4: developed for elite level officials

A guide to the development of these officiating standards and how they can be used can be downloaded here.


Sports Official

These standards were completed and approved by the UK Commission for Education and Skills in November 2005.

  • OF1 Develop and maintain own ability to apply rules/laws within the spirit of the sport/activity
  • OF2 Contribute to the health, safety and protection of participants and others during the sport/activity
  • OF3 Establish and maintain effective working relationships as an official
  • OF4 Apply rules/laws during the sport/activity
  • OF5 Handle and communicate information as an official

Advanced Sports Officiating

These standards were completed and approved by the UK Commission for Education and Skills in August 2007.

  • OF6 Continuously develop and maintain own ability to apply rules/laws/regulations and their interpretation consistently within the spirit of the sport/activity
  • OF7 Contribute to the health and safety of the competition environment
  • OF8 Contribute to the health and safety of competitors and others during competition
  • OF9 Contribute to safeguarding young and vulnerable competitors
  • OF10 Establish and maintain working relationships with co-officials and support staff
  • OF11 Establish and maintain relationships with competitors and competitor representatives
  • OF12 Develop other officials in their role
  • OF13 Identify and maintain the regulations and structure of a competition
  • OF14 Accurately apply rules/laws and their interpretation during performance
  • OF15 Evaluate the quality of competitions and communication of judgements consistently
  • OF16 Establish and maintain relationships with the media.

Elite Sports Officiating

These standards were completed and approved by the UK Commission for Education and Skills in April 2010.

  • OF17 Manage oneself as an official at the elite level in sport
  • OF18 Manage the competitive environment as an official at the elite level in sport
  • OF19 Manage people whilst officiating at the elite level in sport
  • OF20 Manage competition at the elite level in sport