Middlesex referee explains his decision to a player during a match

Rules and Regulations

Referees play an integral part in ensuring football remains fair, safe and inclusive for all.

Here you will find the resources you need, including laws of the game, matchday guidance and information on safeguarding.

A referee tests the bounce of the ball on a wet pitch

Match Day Guidance

When it comes to Match Day, the referee has a number of duties and factors to consider other than the 90 minutes from kick off to full time.
A female referee opens up her book and reaches for a yellow card

Online Referee Reporting

General guidance for match officials including report writing, misconduct and social media guidance.
A referee shakes hands with young players before the start of a game

DBS Checks

Keep up to date with our local safeguarding activities. You’ll find details of forthcoming safeguarding training courses and workshops, how to obtain a DBS if you need one – and lots of other relevant information.
France v England

Laws of the game

Stay up-to-date on the laws of the game, set by the international Football Associations Board.
Safeguarding and Welfare


Whatever your involvement in football, you have a responsibility to make our game as safe and enjoyable as possible for everyone.

This is particularly true if your role as a referee involves officiating matches where children and young people under the age of 18 are playing. It also applies if as you are officiating alongside under-18 referees and assistant referees.

Find out how The FA and CFAs manages safeguarding nationally and locally. You’ll also find detailed information on the game’s safeguarding strategy, and how it applies to you.

Laws of the Game Changes for the new season

Handy "At a Glance" GUIDE

Are you up to date with the changes for the new season? Download IFAB's handy at a glance guide to the changes today!