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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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - AUGUST 14: Match referee, Stephanie Frappart reacts during the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Vodafone Park on August 14, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

Next landmark in refereeing: FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers officiated by female referees for first time

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

135th IFAB Annual General Meeting


The IFAB clarifies handball Law and confirms decision on concussion substitute trials



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)

FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™

Mariana de Almeida making her way and leaving her mark

Substitute board

FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™

FIFA to trial concussion substitutes at FIFA Club World Cup™

International Football Association Board - IFAB

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