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

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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE : Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, visiting the referees Head Quarter during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France on June 16, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Ben Moreau/FIFA)


Vision of equality fueling Seitz's mission to elevate women referees



May 11, 2019: Assistant referee Kathryn Nesbitt patrols the sideline during the MLS Fussball Herren USA game between San Jose Earthquakes and the New England Revolution held at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough Massachusetts. Boston defeats San Jose 3-1. /CSM MLS 2019: Earthquakes vs Revolution MAY


How an analytical chemist became one of the world's top officials

REIMS, FRANCE - JUNE 11: Match Officials high five mascots prior to of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group F match between USA and Thailand at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 11, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by Alex Caparros - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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Mariana de Almeida making her way and leaving her mark

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FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™

FIFA to trial concussion substitutes at FIFA Club World Cup™

GRENOBLE, FRANCE - JUNE 15:   Match Referee Yoshimi Yamashita carrying off the match ball after the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group E match between Canada and New Zealand at Stade des Alpes on June 15, 2019 in Grenoble, France. (Photo by Naomi Baker - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)


History-making Yamashita revels in refereeing responsibility 

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FIFA Forward supports referee training in Switzerland

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