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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.

Matchday guidance for referees

Match Day Guidance

It's not just about the 90 minutes from kick-off - the referee has a number of other duties to fulfil.
Guidance for referees

Other Guidance

General guidance for match officials, including report writing, misconduct and social media guidance.
FA Welfare Officer Workshop

Criminal Records Checks

Visit for all the information you need on obtaining a Criminal Records Check (CRC).
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Laws of the Game

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


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