Laws Of The Game

There have been many changes to the LOTG for the 2016/2017 Season. Make sure that you do not get caught out and are fully aware of all the changes that have been made. When you think you are have a go at the quiz!!

Please use the 4 links to familiarise yourself with the Laws of the Game and any changes that have come in to effect for the 2016/2017 Season.

A brief overview of some law changes can be found below. For a more in depth look please use the links above.

Law 1 - THE FIELD OF PLAY

·  Logos permitted on corner flags (previously banned). Mix of artificial and natural surfaces allowed on field of play (previously banned).

Law 3 - THE PLAYERS (New title)

·  If a substitute, sent-off player or match official interferes with play, causing the game to be stopped, it will result in a direct free-kick or penalty (previously indirect free-kick or drop-ball).

·  If a substitute, team official or outside agent stops a ball going into the goal, the referee can apply the advantage rule and award a goal.

Law 4 - THE PLAYERS’ EQUIPMENT

·  Undershorts or tights worn by players must be the same colour as those worn by any team-mates and must also match their shorts.

·  Players leaving the field of play to change boots can only be allowed back on by the referee.

Law 5 - THE REFEREE

·  Referees have the authority to take action from when they enter the field of play for the pre-match inspection, not from the start of the game.

·  This means players could be sent off for an offence committed while warming up. However, yellow cards can only be issued from the start of the match.

Law 6 - THE DURATION OF THE MATCH

·  Time taken for drinks breaks can officially be added on at the end of a game.

Law 8 - THE START AND RESTART OF PLAY

·  The ball no longer has to move forward at a kick-off, it just has to move for the game to start.

·  Referees should not 'manufacture' dropped ball situations – in terms of who takes them, or the outcome.

Law 10 - DETERMINING THE OUTCOME OF A MATCH (New title)

·  Deciding which end a penalty shootout should take place will be done by a coin-toss – subject to condition of the pitch or safety concerns. It is no longer the referee's decision.

·  A team with more players than the other when the shootout starts must reduce the number of takers so they have the same number of eligible players.

·  This will stop teams that have had a player sent off having their better penalty takers available sooner.

Law 11 - OFFSIDE

·  Hands and arms are not included when making an offside judgement.

·  Free-kicks for offside can be taken from where the offside player received the ball.

Law 12 - FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

·  When restarting games following offences against match official, direct free-kicks will now be awarded.

·  Free-kicks or penalties can only be awarded while the ball is in play.

·  Denying a clear goal scoring opportunity in the penalty area is no longer automatically a straight red card - unless the offence is holding, pulling or pushing; there's no attempt to play or no possibility of making a challenge; or it's an offence which is punishable by a red card, no matter where on the pitch it happens.

·  Violent conduct is punishable by a red card, even in instances where no contact is made.

·  Offences against match officials will result in a direct free-kick or penalty.

LAW 13 - FREE KICKS

·  When fouls are committed off the pitch while the ball is in play, the match is to be restarted with a free-kick on the touchline nearest where the incident occurred. 

·  Direct free-kicks will be awarded for direct free-kick offences and penalties could be awarded if the incident happens parallel to the penalty area.

Law 14 - THE PENALTY KICK

·  Players that feint to kick the ball after a run-up when taking a penalty will get booked for unsporting behaviour. However, feinting in the run-up is allowed. 

·  Goalkeepers who come off their line too early will also be booked.

Law 15 - THE THROW IN

·  Opposing players who try to impede a throw-in will be cautioned, if they are standing less than two metres away.

Law 17 - THE CORNER KICK

·  The wording has been changed in the laws to say: "The ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves." This is to stop players touching the ball and pretending the corner has not been taken, to then gain an advantage.