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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.

Match officials

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.
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Other Guidance

General guidance for match officials, including report writing, misconduct and social media.
Safeguarding and Welfare

SAFEGUARDING IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY

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 Worcestershire FA manage safeguarding nationally and locally. You’ll also find detailed information on the game’s safeguarding strategy, and how it applies to you.

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Laws of the Game

Stay up-to-date with the laws of the game.

Criminal Records 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 Criminal Record Check (CRC) if you need one – and lots of other relevant information.

the FA Handbook

Download The Football Association Handbook, the essential guide to the rules and regulations of football.

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