Anyone over the age of 13 can become an official. The game doesn’t just need young umpires or technical officials. Current or ex-players with a wealth of experience at various levels make excellent officials, some of whom have started in their late 30’s and now officiate in England Netball competitions, something they may never have achieved as a player.

Irrespective of your age, ability, or experience at playing netball, if you have a passion for the game and can successfully complete England Netball’s Into Officiating or C Award Course you can start your journey to becoming a netball umpire.

New officials learn by getting out there and having a go. Contact your local Regional Office or drop us an email on and we’ll help you to find somewhere to get started.

The Officiating Pathways below will give you a detailed guide of how you can progress through each level and all of the resources you will need to be successful.