An umpire is an impartial person who ensures the proper conduct and compliance with the rules and other regulations of our sport.

Umpires are an integral part of our competition organisation and are the guarantors of the rules of the sport of Petanque.

Umpiring is a tough job, but is rewarding to individuals who have a love of petanque, appreciation for the rules, and a passion for fairness and sound judgement.

To become a Club Umpire you must have been a member of PE for at least two years; you can then apply to take the Club Umpires course by completing the application form below.

After two years as Club Umpire you can take further training to progress to County Umpire and then after another two years to National Umpire.

PE can also provide training for European and International Umpires in preparation for the exams set by CEP and FIPJP respectively. CEP have an Umpires webpage where you can find all details of European rules, guides and other useful information: 

All qualified umpires must attend at least one course every two years to refresh or upgrade their qualifications.

To apply to train to be an umpire, or to take a refresher exam, download and complete the form below and send it to


All of our umpires abide by the following rules:
Prepare for each event, coordinating with the event organiser if necessary.
Be firm, fair and friendly to all players and spectators.
Do not smoke or drink when umpiring.
Do not allow inappropriate language, behaviour or unsporting techniques.
Stay aware of the overall state of the competition and endeavour to ensure it progresses smoothly and without delay.
Have regard for the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion of any aspect of the game or anyone involved it.
Never criticize another umpire’s decision, either at the time or retrospectively.
Share unusual scenarios and individual decisions with other umpires.
Be another team in the event, together with the organiser promoting a neutral approach to all players, teams and spectators.
Present a professional image at all times, correctly dressed in umpire’s uniform.
Be on the watch for strict application of the rules of play and the administration rules which complete them.
Concentrate on the games they are in charge of.
Anticipate and resolve likely problems wherever possible.
Always have regard for the health and safety of all participants and spectators.
Maintain a record of the event and any rulings, submit a report to the Chair of the Umpires Commission within 48 hours.

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