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Football is a global sport and its rules must be interpreted and applied with absolute consistency wherever the game is played. FIFA therefore has a policy of ongoing training for its referees to ensure that refereeing standards continue to improve and the Laws of the Game are applied the same way everywhere.


  • To organise courses and seminars for instructors, referees and assistant referees at international, national and regional level;
  • To define fundamental criteria and requirements for instructors of referees and assistant referees;
  • To provide up-to-date training programmes and course materials;
  • To adopt guidelines on technical support for referees and the appointment of
  • refereeing trios from the same country or confederation for tournaments organised by FIFA;
  • To determine the tasks and responsibilities assigned to members of the Referees Committee and to advisers and instructors at tournaments organised by FIFA;
  • To revise and update the Laws of the Game and the 'Questions & Answers' booklet under the guidance of the
    International Football Association Board, in a way that makes innovation possible whilst respecting tradition;
  • To devise and implement training programmes that prepare both male and female referees for the most important FIFA tournaments.
  • See also

    Laws of the Game

    See also

    Referees' Committee

    See also

    2020 Refereeing International Lists