Football Whistles

Featuring the original Football Whistle - the ACME Thunderer

Our whistles for football referees are preferred by amateur and professional referee's at all levels for their superior design and materials. Since the introduction of the first ever football whistle developed by our founder, Joseph Hudson, ACME's football whistles have been used part of many famous football events, most notably for us, it was an ACME whistle that sounded the triumph of England's legendary 1996 World Cup win.

Football Referee Whistles


The original and best, ACME football whistles have a long and iconic history, and they remain household and club favourites to this day. The world’s first sports whistle was developed by Joseph Hudson in 1884, and since then has been used globally by football referees at all levels. It has a special place in the hearts of England fans, as an ACME Thunderer was the model used to call full time during their legendary 1966 World Cup win. Still considered the original and best by diehard fans, it is joined by modern football whistles such as the Tornado and Cyclone.


As a football referee, you will need a whistle that is reliable and gives a consistent performance. Your football whistle needs to be ready and waiting with only a moment’s notice to call a foul or free kick. To help give you this level of convenience you can choose from football referee whistles with a finger or glove grip, or you can opt to have your whistle attached to a lanyard; it all depends on how you prefer to use your whistle.


The World’s First Football Whistle


The original football whistle that was developed in the 19th Century was made from sturdy metal. This was the strongest and most versatile material for whistle development at the time. However, modern manufacturing techniques have made it possible to make whistles from other materials. We have expanded our range of football whistles to include plastic whistles which are incredibly tough, shatter resistant, and easy to use. You can choose either a metal or plastic ACME Thunderer, or one of our newer designs in plastic such as the Tornado. Most of our metal whistles from our range of referee whistles can also be engraved with your personal message or name, making them the perfect gift for a football referee close to your heart.


Choosing and purchasing your new football referee whistle online couldn’t be simpler. Take a look through the different models and listen to noise they produce by clicking the ‘Sound Whistle’ button. Once you have made your choice, add any personal message you like engraving into the whistle in the adjacent box, and click ‘Add To Basket’. It is possible to buy some of these football whistles in packs of 12. This is ideal for instance for clubs, schools and more.