Refereeing

The Focus on Football is vital to FIFA Refereeing

Match officials must have excellent football understanding and need to evolve with the game to stay effective and relevant. Their two main priorities are:

  1. Protecting the safety of players

  2. Consistent and uniform application of the Laws of the Game

FIFA Refereeing reinforces the protection of these core values and the betterment of the game through the development of match officials and referee coaches


International Football Association Board - IFAB

Up-to-date and complete Laws of the Game

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View of VAR screens during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 semi-final match between Mexico and the Netherlands at Estadio Bezerrao on November 14, 2019 in Brasilia, Brazil.
Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Technology

The use of video assistant referees (VARs) in football was included in the Laws of the Game in the 2018/2019 edition. FIFA has now launched the FIFA Quality Programme for VAR Technology, which assesses the technological aspects of VAR systems.

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