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Rules and Regulations

Procedures for referees to follow

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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
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 Lancashire FA manages 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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Safeguarding in Lancashire

Learn about safeguarding in Lancashire and how to obtain a Criminal Records Check
The FA National Refereeing Strategy

National Refereeing Strategy

The FA National Referee Strategy and DNA
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Laws of the Game

Stay up-to-date on the laws of the game