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We are your expert referee shop for handball and soccer equipment.
Order cards and whistles for refs online – we offer the quintessential red and yellow referee cards as well as a choice of popular referee whistle variations.
We also stock a wide variety of other referee accessories and high quality original referee equipment.
The red card and the yellow card were first introduced into the rules of soccer in response to the ever faster pace of the game. Until well into the 1960s, the soccer referee only gave verbal warnings to players. This could cause some confusion among the players because of the language barrier during international games.
That’s why during the soccer World Cup in 1970 the yellow card and the red card were used for the first time. The inventor of this system was the English soccer referee Ken Aston, who drew inspiration from a traffic light system for his coloured referee cards.
His idea made football history, and to this day the football yellow card as a warning and the football red card signalling a sending-off are the standard signals for all soccer leagues around the world.
In 1991, in one of the last major rule changes, the combined yellow-red card was introduced into the official laws of the game. This was done because previously it hadn’t been entirely clear to viewers if a player had been sent off directly or because of his second offence in a row.
Additional trivia on referee cards: The fastest red card ever was awarded to a player in the Welsh amateur soccer league: He was sent off the field in the first 2 seconds of the game after complaining about the volume of the referee’s opening-whistle.
All of our penalty cards are suited to the referee’s needs: every card is made from weatherproof material for longevity and has rounded edges for better handling.
We also stock entire referee card sets for our handball and soccer referees in different versions. For example, a handy little folder that includes all the important referee accessories such as yellow and red cards, a referee whistle, pens, a flip coin and referee notecards for practical use.
Naturally, we also stock empty folders and individual items so you can put together your own personal set to fit to your needs.
Whether you’re ordering new yellow and red cards or your whole personally customized set: Our referee shop offers an international transaction process and all our sports referee equipment is ready for shipping within 24 hours of your order.
Should you ever be unsatisfied with an item we’re happy to exchange unused products within 14 days of receipt.
We accept a wide array of easy and secure payment methods like direct debit, PayPal, C.O.D. service, prepayment or credit card payment.
From the second order on returning customers also have the option of paying by bill after receiving their order.
Feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for further help and information on our sports products.
Our customer service section also offers further information on our payment methods, return policy and shipping costs.