Officiating & Refereeing

Referees are responsible for officiating the game fairly and in accordance with the international competition rules.

The role of the referee is vital in ensuring accurate results are recorded. Their duties include equipment checks prior to competition, the toss and ensuring that players abide by the rules during the game. At all BISFed sanctioned events referees are supported by time keepers and line judges and overseen by Head Referees. This is not always possible at National competitions.

Below are the details of the course accredited by the UK.



To provide individuals with an understanding of the principles of boccia officiating and to equip delegates with the knowledge and skills to officiate at community leagues and competitions.


Explanation of the terminology

Roles of all those involved

The equipment used

Understanding of the competition rules


Suitable for delegates over the age of 16. Some prior knowledge and experience of boccia would be beneficial.


Pre reading prior to the course.

7 hours course (50% practical, 50% theory).

Includes end of course multiple choice test.


10 participants

Officials are essential to boccia and the running of the game – we couldn’t do it without them! Officiating is a great way to give back to the sport and ultimately help widen participation for players. With no two matches being the same, every boccia match offers fresh, new challenges and gripping action.

It is important that officials have an in depth understanding of the sport, have attended the necessary training and have the required knowledge for the role and level they are officiating at.

This section is designed to tell you more about becoming an official, getting involved in volunteering and accessing resources to allow you to become the best official you can.


A boccia official is anyone assisting with the application of the rules. The different officiating roles within boccia include:

Head Referee:
Oversee the referees. Controls and manages the competition.

Oversees, manages and controls the game and makes decisions according to the rules.

Assists the referee, especially with regard to violations.

Operates the timing and scoring system.