Player receives yellow card.

Rules and Regulations

Referee Rules and Regulations

There has never been a better time to referee in England

related pages

Referee and linesman talk at full-time

Match Day Guidance

Guidelines for areas of match day that the referee has control over.
Linesman training

Other Guidance

Report writing and misconduct and social media guidance.
Players compete for the ball during FA People's Cup

criminal record checks

Welfare Officers must have an FA-accepted Criminal Record Check.
France v England

Laws Of the Game

Stay up-to-date on the laws of the game, set by the IFAB.
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.