Laws of the Game

Law 1: The Field of Play
Law 2: The Ball
Law 3: The Number of Players
Law 4: The Players’ Equipment
Law 5: The Referee
Law 6: The Other Match Officials
Law 7: The Duration of the Match
Law 8: The Start and Restart of Play
Law 9: Ball In and Out of Play
Law 10: Determining the Outcome of a Match
Law 11: Offside
Law 12: Fouls and Misconduct
Law 13: Free Kicks
Law 14: The Penalty Kick
Law 15: The Throw-in
Law 16: The Goal Kick
Law 17: The Corner Kick

The IFAB (International Football Association Board) has “updated the Laws of the Game book to make it far more easy to read, understand and use not just for referees but for anyone interested in the Laws and in football.”

The Law changes for 2018/19 are mainly further refinements to the major revision and the inclusion, after rigorous testing, of two major options for competitions:

  • the use of an additional substitute in extra time

  • the use of video assistant referees (VARs), subject to permission from The IFAB and FIFA

The Book includes an outline summary of the changes for the current year in addition to information about the use of a video assistant referee (VAR), referee terminology and glossary, and guidelines that contain practical advice for match officials which supplements the information in the Laws of the Game section.

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