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Become an Official IPF Referee in Malta

The International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) upholds excellence and integrity in powerlifting, and central to this mission are the IPF referees. Their role is crucial in ensuring fair play, adherence to rules, and smooth competition conduct.


IPF referees have several key responsibilities:

  1. Enforcing Rules: Ensuring all lifters follow IPF standards, including proper lift execution, attire, and weight categories.
  2. Judging Lifts: Observing and validating each lift according to technical criteria.
  3. Managing Flow: Maintaining the pace and order of the competition.
  4. Ensuring Safety: Ensuring equipment is safe and lifts are performed correctly.

Qualifications and Training

Becoming an IPF referee involves:

  1. Training: Understanding the IPF rulebook and gaining practical experience.
  2. Examinations: Passing written and practical tests.
  3. Experience: Officiating at lower-level competitions to build skills.
  4. Continuing Education: Staying updated with rule changes and attending seminars.


IPF referees ensure the sportโ€™s credibility, fairness, and safety. Their dedication helps maintain the integrity of competitions and the respect for athletes’ performances.

In summary, IPF referees are essential to powerlifting, ensuring it remains a fair and respected sport globally. Their expertise and commitment shape the sport’s future and uphold its high standards.

How to Apply

Malta Powerlifting Association is aiming to host an IPF Referee Course at the end of August 2024. We invite all lifters, coaches & volunteers that are interested in becoming Referees to submit their interest by filling in the following application form which can be found here.