Officiating, rules and refereeing


The most recent edition of the rules was published by the World Gateball Union in 2015. A Q & A Guide is also available for these rules.

The rules are currently undergoing review and an updated version is expected in 2019

A summary of fouls and their consequences can be downloaded here in landscape or portrait view. In addition to these rules.

This simple summary of the rules has been produced by John Swabey of the European Gateball League.

Gateball Australia has agreed the following rules for playing with less than five members on each team.

Clubs often vary these in the special circumstances for their own club based competitions.

Becoming a referee and maintaining accreditation

Gateball Referees can attain accreditation to three levels:


Accredited by the World Gateball Union – allows the referee to exam candidates for Level 1 accreditation

Level 1

Senior level – allows the referee to exam candidates for Level 2 accreditation

Level 2

Basic accreditation

A summary of the steps to become a referee or being accredited at a higher level are available here

These steps are all part of Gateball Australia’s procedure for referee accreditation and reaccreditation and are available for download. Please note that this document is  being included the ACA’s processes for referee accreditation and reaccreditation. In turn, this process is compliant with requirements of the Australian Sports Commission

Gateball Referee Reaccreditation Cards are also available here. Existing referees need to complete these every year to maintain their currency. Print the documents back to back. When they have been completed, they should be passed to state coordinators of refereeing.

Side 1 of Reaccreditation Card

Side 2 of Reaccreditation Card

Click here for notes on what to do to complete your annual Reaccredtation Card

Gateball referees are also asked to acknowledge their acceptance of the ACA Officials’ Code of Behaviour. The source of this document is the ACA member protection policy and is available from the ACA website as attachment B4.

The following people are gateball referees:


Keith McLeod (International)
Bruce McAlister (International)
Margaret Barnard (International)
Glenda Windust (International)
John Angus (Level 2)
Lynne Farry (Level 2)
May Feddersen (Level 2)
Greg Fetherstone (Level 2)
Ethel Hughes (Level 2)
Barbara Northcott (Level 2)
Jim Northcott (Level 2)
Don O’Doherty (Level 2)
Geoff Percival (Level 2)
Sandra Reynolds (Level 2)
Philip Rowland (Level 2)
Coral Schintler (Level 2)
Les Smedley (Level 2)
Adele Stokes (Level 2)
Ron Stokes (Level 2)
Jocelyn Sweeney (Level 2)
Diana Wright (Level 2)
Gareth Hughes (Level 2)
David Hughes (Level 2)
Sherill Dennerley (Level 2)
John Turner (Level 2)
Carol Clayton (Level 2)
Geoff Morris (Level 2)
Herman Bekker (Level 2)
Julia Vickers ((Level 2)
Beryl Turner (Level 2)
Frances Wregg (Level 2)
Claus Jehne (Level 2)
Jennifer Morris (Level 2)
Maggi Harmen (Level 2)


Gilon Smith (Level 1)
Lowen Clarke (Level 2)
Catherine Doherty (Level 2)
Chris Langford (Level 2)
Sue Leitenger (Level 2)
Adrian Masterman-Smith (Level 2)
Philip Brown (Level 2)
Tim Stagg (Level 2)


John Park (Level 2)
Ken Poole (Level 2)
Will Antill (Level 2)
Elizabeth Kent (Level 2)
Josh Willsher (Level 2)
Penny Park (Level 2)
Judy Squelch (Level 2)
Kerrie Sutherland (Level 2)
Manuel Gutierrez (Level 2)
Glenda Gutierrez (Level 2)


Glen Whitehead (Level 1)

Tim Goodland (Level 2)
Alex Park (Level 2)
Bryan Johnson (Level 2)

Peter Freer (Level 2)

Adrienne Fazekas (Level 2)

South Australia   

Geoff Crook (Level 2)


Setting courts accurately

Court dimensions are to be found in the rules, but great care needs to be taken when setting courts for competitions. The two links below assist with accurate court setting.

Gatesetter. Instructions on how to make and use a gatesetter and a plan with the required dimensions is available here.

Jamberoo’s system for accurately painting court lines was posted as a news item on this website and is available here

Deciding the winner when the points are tied

A handy information pamphlet prepared by Keith McLeod is also available for download.

Deciding the winner when points are tied