Laws of the Game

There are many changes to the Laws of the Game that went into effect on 01 July 2016. Misapplication of many of the law changes could be game critical and could have a detrimental impact on the outcome of the game.

The new Laws will be implemented as each league starts its new season, and for upcoming tournaments. It is your responsibility as a referee to know the Laws of the Game and rules of the competition you are refereeing.

The links below will provide you with the Laws of the Game and the new changes.

Laws of the Game 2017/18 (210 pages): n=2017-18%20Laws%20of%20the%20Game&utm_source=hs_automation&utm_medium=email&utm_content= 52689885&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-937tOes26pLeHavgIDPi_nkirTm4CYBkNR9n2aX9czd9l19Bpt2JCCVSyzf_LGUXZ1e FRXeUzegN2jULfbETa36rh2FQ&_hsmi=52689885

Laws of the Game 2017/18 - Law changes - Practical Guideline changes pdf

A short synopsis of the Law changes (4 pages): CLICK HERE [UPDATED 7/17/2016 - SEE LAW 11 - OFFSIDE]

International Football Association Board (IFAB) Summary of the Law Changes (12 pages):

2016/17 Laws of the Game (206 pages). Laws and Interpretations are merged together, Section comparing Old Text to New Text, Section on Practical Guidelines for Match Officials:

Printed version of the 2016-17 LOTG .pdf

2016-17 IFAB LOTG Changes Presentation (65 pages):

IFAB Revision to the LOTG Frequently Asked Questions (12 pages):
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