Refereeing resources

When refereeing fencing, you'll need to know the rules of course, and also the current conventions as to how the rules are interpreted in practice. This page has some resources to help you with both.


FIE rules (the Technical Rules are the main ones to read, and include penalty chart and referee hand signals)

AFF rules


From Quarte Riposte

Basic calls – foil referee video exam (part 1)

Basic calls – foil referee video exam (part 2)

Advanced calls – foil referee video exam

Attack on prep in foil with FIE referee Chris Lennon


From Sydney Sabre


Hone your eye by watching high level fencing and refereeing.

Olympic YouTube channel

FIE YouTube channel

AFF YouTube channel

The Fencing Referee YouTube channel

Test yourself with the USA Fencing Referee exam study guide (all weapons)


Fencing Aid on iOS and Android

Riposte on Android