Laws of the Game

All match officials should ensure that they keep themselves up to date with the Laws of the Game; this page offers up to date information to assist you in doing so.

It is the duty of all match officials to ensure that they have an understanding on the current Laws of the Game. 

The latest version of the Laws of the Game can be downloaded directly by clicking the following links: 

A PowerPoint Presentation is available to download from the following link; which is a Revision of the Laws of the Game including video footage, which referees may find useful to view.  The file will need to downloaded, before you will be able to play the PowerPoint, please therefore be patient whilst the file is downloading.

For those Officiating Youth Football click the following link

For the following documents please visit the documents section at the bottom of the page. 

  • 2016/17 - A Summary of the changes most likely to be encountered in local football.
  • Advice on the application of the laws of the game.
  • FA Guidelines for Assistant Referees - fouls in and around the penalty area (July 2014).
  • FA Guidelines for Assistant Referees - Indicating a Penalty Kick (July 2014).
  • FA Guidelines for Assistant Referees - FAQs. 
  • Pitch and goal post dimensions, including advice on goal post safety.
  • Guidance on Third Generation (3G) turf.
  • Refereeing and Equality - FAQ's. 

If after studying these documents you still require further advice please direct your query to