The term 'Match Official' includes umpires, scorers, and match referees, who constitute the 'third team' during a cricket match and as such perform a vital role, both on and off the field, by upholding the Laws and Spirit of Cricket, applying Playing Conditions, and managing every game and recording it for history.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) administers the professional levels of umpiring, scoring, and refereeing, which covers all matches played under its jurisdiction, including men's and women's international series, domestic competitions, and national & community tournaments. NZC also liaises with the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding overseas umpires and match referees coming to New Zealand, and any New Zealand umpires or match referees appointed to overseas series or ICC tournaments.
The New Zealand Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association (NZCUSA), in combination with its six regional affiliates (Auckland, Northern Districts, Central Districts, Wellington, Canterbury, and Otago), oversees umpiring and scoring issues - including recruitment, retention, training, and accreditation - at the community levels of cricket throughout New Zealand.
This page provides some basic Match Official information for Umpires, Match Referees, Scorers, and cricket administrators including Playing Conditions, Match Schedules, and Match Official Appointments.
Our Community Umpires receive two (2) tickets to Cricket matches throughout the summer! Register by clicking here to ensure you receive your tickets, as well as other information relating to Umpiring & Scoring in New Zealand.
NZC Match Official Panels
NZC has concluded their NZC Umpire & Scorer Selection Process for 2023. You can find the confirmed NZC Umpire & Scorer Panels for the upcoming 2023-24 season by clicking here.
NZC Playing Conditions
NZC Match Official Appointments
2023/24 Match Referee and Umpire Appointments - International Cricket - Coming Soon
NZC Match Official Resources
Wanting to learn more about some of the Laws of Cricket so that you can umpire or score your child’s game? You can access some helpful resources by clicking here.
Looking for some more resources to assist you in your journey as a scorer? You can access more scoring specific resources suitable for application in all levels of cricket by clicking here.