Laws Of The Game

LOTG main changes 2019/20

The 133rd AGM of The International FA Board (The IFAB) in Aberdeen, Scotland on 2 March 2019 approved a number of amendments to, and clarifications of, the Laws of the Game for 2019/20. Three changes were approved following 2 years of worldwide experiments:

• The introduction of yellow and red cards for misconduct by team officials
• A player being substituted leaving the field at the nearest point on the boundary line
• At a goal kick and a free kick for the defending team in their own penalty area, the ball is in play as soon the kick is taken (it can be played before it leaves the penalty area)

Other changes include: clearer wording for ‘handball’, attacking team players must be at least 1m away from a defensive ‘wall’, the goalkeeper only has to have one foot on the goal line at a penalty kick, and a new dropped ball procedure (including a dropped ball being awarded if the ball hits a match official and goes into the goal, team possession changes or a promising attack starts).

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Below are the new Laws Of The Game released for 2018/2019.Please note these new changes will come into effect from June 1st but not for leagues which have commenced before this date.







In relation to Law 10 + 14

During Kicks from the Penalty Mark,if the kicker illegally feints then he/she receives a YC and the kick is forfeited i.e. it is recorded as missed. This is because the principle underlying Law 14 is that this is a deliberate act of unsporting behaviour and the kicker forfeits the right to have a retake if the kick is successful.


Main Changes to The Laws of the Game from June 2016

For an in depth view of the New Laws and Amendments See Below


IFAB 2016-2017 Laws Of The Game


IFAB Laws Of The Game Changes 2016-2017

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