2019-2020 Changes to Laws of The Game

There have been some major changes to the Laws of The Game which come into effect on 01 June 2019.

It is recommended that all Referees, Players and Team Managers make themselves aware of them

The main points include

The introduction of yellow and red cards for misconduct by team official

A player being substituted leaving the field at the nearest point on the boundary line

At a goal kick and a free kick for the defending team in their own penalty area, the ball is in play as soon asthe kick is taken (it can be played before it leaves the penalty area)

Other changes include:

Clearer wording for ‘handball’,

attacking team players must be at least 1 metre away from a defensive ‘wall’,

the goalkeeper only has to have one foot on the goal line at a penalty kick,

a new dropped ball procedure (including a dropped ball being awarded if the ball hits a match official and goes into the goal, team possession changes or a promising attack starts)

Details of these changes can be found via the link below which will be further updated during May 2019:-

2019-2020 Law Changes