Every fancied yourself as an umpire? Know someone who’d like to earn a few quid scoring games of cricket? The ECB have released a short series of free online courses for those who looking to get involved with umpiring and/or scoring cricket matches. They are described as being suitable for those wanting to start scoring matches, umpire junior games or take the first steps towards being a fully fledged umpire. The Basics of Umpiring course is perfect for junior parents who want to get involved with their children’s games of cricket.

Check out the courses below and follow the relevant links to register your place. The ECB will then send you the log in details, allowing you to complete the course from the comfort of your own home – all for free!

“Basics of Umpiring”

This course is aimed at club umpires who just need to know the key laws and basic field craft and those players who umpire 5 or 10 overs at the weekend.


“Umpire Stage One”

This course is designed to give an overview of the basic Laws of the game and how to apply them and introduce the principles of field craft and match management. This course is an ideal introduction for new club umpires, a refresher for existing umpires and the first step for those who aspire to umpire at higher levels.


“Basics of Scoring”

This course is designed to provide all the skills needed to start scoring. The course covers the basics of scoring a game of cricket such as scoring symbols, umpire signals, dismissals and gives a helpful overview of the Laws of the game.