NEW Changes to LOTG

Former Premier League referee David Elleray with a copy of the Laws of the Game 2016/17

The 130th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The International Football Association Board (IFAB) took place on Saturday 5 March, which highlighted all the latest updates and exclusive content from Cardiff.

Several hot topic issues such as video assistance for match officials, assessing ‘triple punishment’ and ‘sin bins’ were discussed.

Also, some key changes to the Laws of the Game (LOTG) were proposed and accepted.

David Elleray was the perfect figure to lead the team tasked with making the Laws of the Game more accessible, concise and clear by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), after he refereed with distinction at the top level of the English game for over a decade.

The most significant alterations to the Laws?
In a way, the change to ‘triple punishment’ is part of the revision but others include; a player who is injured by a yellow or red card foul can have quick treatment and not have to leave the field of play because that seemed unfair. Where a foul occurs off the field of play, as part of play, that is restarted with a free kick and not a drop ball. Also, trying to stop unfairness with penalty kicks, a stronger punishment if the kicker doesn’t behave correctly, whether he scores or not it will always be a free kick. If the goalkeeper moves early and the kicker doesn’t score it will be a retake but also a yellow card for the goalkeeper.

Changes will be available online in May ( and the whole book and each individual Law will be available for download.

To read more about the changes, and their effects on the LOTG, click HERE

NOTE – In Canada, the changes to LOTG will not take effect until the next outdoor season, April 1, 2017

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