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Rules and Regulations

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

We operate alongside The FA make regulations to ensure match officials operate in as fair, competent and safe a manner as possible. We are responsible for the administration of referees registered with us. Here you will find all of the resources you may require to assist you throughout the season. 

Get In Touch 

Lee Swabey

Referee Development Officer


01208 262981 or 07872 440917

support around the rules and regulations...

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Match Day Guidance

Support around the other areas of a Referees role around the 90 minutes on the pitch!
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Criminal Records Checks

You’ll find details on how to obtain a Criminal Record Check (CRC) along with other information on Safeguarding & Welfare.
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Other Guidance

Guidance for Match Officials including report writing, misconduct and social media. 
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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.