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Laws Of The Game

The Laws of the Game are authorized on an annual basis by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and provided by the Fédération Internationale de Football Associations (FIFA).

Click here to see the 2016/17 Laws of the Game

The Laws of the Game are organized as follows:

Law 1 – The Field of Play
Law 2 – The Ball
Law 3 – The 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 – The 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

Law changes 2016/17
- Outline summary of Law changes
- Details of all Law changes

Glossary
- Football bodies
- Football terms
- Referee terms

Practical Guidelines for Match Officials
- Introduction
- Positioning, Movement and Teamwork
- Body language, Communication and Whistle
- Other advice: Advantage, Allowance for time lost, Holding an opponent, Offside, Treatment/assessment after a caution/sending-off offence


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