Referee DCFA Core

Rules and Regulations

Referees are important to football to make sure it is played in a safe, fair and inclusive environment for everyone.

Not only do players, parents and coaches need support, so do our Referees who give up so much of their time every week.

The information below will provide a referee with the support and guidance to help you, both on and off the field of play.

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 Dorset FA manages safeguarding nationally and locally. You’ll also find detailed information on the game’s safeguarding strategy, and how it applies to you.