Law 7 - The Duration of the Match

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.

Having an up to date knowledge of the Laws Of The Game is vital for you to have in your armour before you step over the white line. This will allow you to make decisions with confidence and will also put trust in the players which should ultimately benefit your overall match control.

We would advise that you take responsibility for ensuring you have a browse through the LOTG regularly and even test yourself so, come match day, you are ready! Please feel free to follow the link below where you find the most up to date LOTG and even download the smart phone app!

View the 2019/20 Laws of the game

Will Dodds

Referee Development Officer

07798 884500

Pitch Inspection

Match Day Guidance

Information and guidance on pitch inspections, match abandonment and other match day procedures.

Other Guidance

Information on report writing and misconduct and social media guidance. 

referee safeguarding requirements

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Local Safeguarding and Welfare Information

Upcoming courses, obtaining a FA CRC, reporting concerns and support for Club Welfare Officers.
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 CFAs manages safeguarding nationally and locally. You’ll also find detailed information on the game’s safeguarding strategy, and how it applies to you.