Books in Italian

All the books in this directory are ordered by title, from A to Z. By clicking on the title you’ll be able to see more info on each specific book. 

This list currently contains 69 books. 

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A

A book commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Italian Referee Association and its history since its foundation in 1911. Written in 1987. 

A book commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Padua Referee Association in Italy, written in 2002. 

A book set made of two books which describes in all details the job of a football referee, offering also practical advice. Written by a former FIFA referee. Written in 1981. 

An old book which describes how refereeing is organized in Italy. It ends with a chapter about how an “ideal referee” should be and behave. Written in 1949. 

A book commemorating the  50th anniversary of the Bassano del Grappa Referee Association in Italy, written in 2004. Written by former FIFA and World Cup referee Luigi Agnolin.  

A book commemorating the  50th anniversary of the Parma Referee Association in Italy, written in 1982.  

A book that talks about refereeing from the point of view of a supporter, who accuses them of being part of the problem in today’s football. Not something you’d typically find in a referee library, but interesting to read the opinions of the “other side”. Written in 2002. 

A book that describes the sociological aspects of refereeing, and expands the model to other roles in modern society. Written in 2003. 

A book about the career of ex-FIFA referee Enzo Barbaresco, written in 2020. 

A book that describes in great detail each law of the game with diagrams and drawings. Written in 1956. 

B

A book that tells the story of a referee at grassroots level in Italy. Written by the referee himself. 

C

Autobiography of 2014 World Cup Final referee Nicola Rizzoli. Written in 2015. 

Book commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Chiari Referee Association in Italy. Written in 2021.  

A book about Concetto Lo Bello, arguably the best Italian referee in history. 

A book talking about the hard life of referees at local level, originating from real referee game reports. Written in 2001.   

D

A book about the life of ex-FIFA referee Alberto Michelotti. Written in 2010.  

E

A book that discusses how referees should properly prepare, both from a fitness and dietary point of view. Written by two of Italy’s main experts in the field. Written in 1990.  

A book commemorating the  75th anniversary of the Parma Referee Association in Italy, written in 2007.  

F

A book commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Florence Referee Association in Italy. Written in 1987. 

The history of football told from the points of view of the referees of the different World Cups, from 1930 to 2010. Written in 2014. 

G

The story of a grassroots referee who took up refereeing following his role models, Luigi Agnolin and Pierluigi Collina. Written in 2020. 

A book aimed at helping referees improve their fitness, psychological approach to the game, as well as nutrition and tactics. Written in 1993. 

I

A book/interview with ex-FIFA referee Marcello Nicchi, former President of the Italian Referee Association (AIA), written in 2017. 

A book commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Piombino Referee Association in Italy, written in 2001. 

L

The autobiography of ex-FIFA referee Paolo Mazzoleni, written in 2019. 

A guidebook on refereeing and its many aspects written by a sports journalist. Written in 1967. 

A guidebook on how to become a referee and its practical aspects. Written by former FIFA referee Gianfranco Menegali. It is the practical version of the previous book of 1967. Written in 1984. 

A small booklet about the “perfect referee” written for referees and football fanatics alike and distributed for free by Campari Milano. Written in 1960. 

A book about psychology in refereeing. Full of practical examples and tips on how to become a stronger, more confident and better referee. Written in 2020. 

A book that talks about how to become a referee and proceeds describing in great detail, also with the use of diagrams, the laws of the game. Written in 1999. 

The life of Concetto Lo Bello, probably the best Italian referee in history, told by images. Written in 2001. 

The autobiography of former Serie A referee Claudio Gavillucci and the story of his battle for transparency in refereeing. Written in 2020. 

A collection of short stories about lives of football referees, with many interesting anecdotes. Written in 2017. 

N

The autobiography of ex-FIFA referee and current UEFA Head of Refereeing Roberto Rosetti, written in 2011. 

This copy is signed by Roberto Rosetti himself. 

A book abut sports medicine with a special focus on the football referee. Written in 1972. 

P

A book that tells the story of a non-league amateur referee in Italy, who lives in the myth of Pierluigi Collina. Written in 2017. 

A book commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Verona Referee Association in Italy. Written in 2005.  

A fiction book (novel) about a young teen from Southern Italy who decides to become a referee and his adventures after he qualifies. Written in 2009. 

A comprehensive guide on the fitness training of a football referee, its principles and methods. Written by one of Italy’s main experts in the field. Written in 1993. 

A book that looks at the football referee from the standpoint of sports medicine, looking into details concerning training, nutrition, health and much more. Written in 1984. 

R

The laws of the game as explained by former FIFA referee Diego De Leo. 1st Italian edition of the book, and 8th overall. Written in 1971. 

A book commemorating the life of former FIFA referee Giorgio Bernardi, one of Italy’s most famous referees of the past. Written in 1989. 

S

A collection of short stories on refereeing, put together by the Marche regional committee of the Italian Referees’ Association. Written in 2004. 

The life of a non-league amateur referee in the North of Italy, told by the referee himself. Written in 2017. 

The history of football referees in the Lucania region of Italy, from 1935 to 1995. Written to celebrate the 60th anniversary from the birth of the local Referee Association. Written in 1995. 

U

A book commemorating the 40th anniversary of the San Dona’ di Piave Referee Association in Italy. Written in 2004. 

A book celebrating the opening of the new “home” of the Bologna Referees’ Association in Italy. Written in 1984. 

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A book commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Isernia Referee Association in Italy. Written in 2004.  

A book commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Bassano del Grappa Referee Association in Italy, written in 2014.

A book celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Nola Referees’ Association in Italy. Written in 2006. 

A book commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Seregno Referee Association in Italy. Written in 2004. 

Laws of the Game

The following are all editions of the Laws of the Game, as published by the Italian Referees’ Association. The books named “Regolamento” are the Laws themselves, the ones named “Casistica” and the practical guidebooks.