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2019 Law Changes Announcement from IFAB

NOTE: All changes come into force on June 1, 2019.

IFAB Laws of the Game 2019/2020 Summary of Main Changes

Law 3 - The Number of Players

  • A player who is being substituted must leave the field at the nearest point on the boundary line, unless otherwise directed by the referee

Law 4 - The Players Equipment

  • Undershirts can be multi-coloured/patterned if exactly the same as the sleeve of the main shirt

Law 5 - The Referee

  • Referee cannot change a restart decision after play has restarted but, in certain circumstances, may issue a YC/RC for a previous incident
  • If the referee leaves the field for a VAR review or to call players back to the field at the end of a half, a decision can still be changed
  • Team officials guilty of misconduct can be shown a YC/RC; if an offender cannot be identified, the senior coach in the technical area receives the YC/RC
  • If a penalty kick is awarded, the team’s penalty taker can receive assessment or treatment and then stay on the field and take the kick

Law 7 - The Duration of the Match

  • Clarification of the difference between ‘cooling’ and ‘drinks’ breaks

Law 8 - The Start and Restart of Play

  • The team that wins the toss may choose to take the kick-off
  • Dropped ball – ball dropped for goalkeeper (if play stopped in penalty area) or for one player of team that last touched the ball at the location of the last touch; all other players (of both teams) must be at least 4m (4.5 yds) away

Law 9 - The Ball In and Out of Play

  • Dropped ball if the ball touches the referee (or other match official) and goes into the goal, possession changes or an attacking move starts

Law 10 - The Method of Scoring

  • Goalkeeper cannot score by throwing the ball into the opponents’ goal

Law 12 - Fouls & Misconduct

  • Handball text re-written for greater clarity/consistency with clear guidelines for when ‘non-deliberate’ handball should (and should not) be penalized
  • Confirmation that an ‘illegal’ handball offence by a goalkeeper in their own penalty area is not sanctioned with a YC/RC
  • If, after a throw-in or deliberate pass from a team-mate, the goalkeeper unsuccessfully kicks or tries to kick the ball to release it into play, the goalkeeper can then handle the ball
  • Referee can delay issuing a YC/RC until the next stoppage if the non-offending team takes a quick free kick and creates a goal-scoring opportunity
  • The YC for an ‘illegal’ goal celebration remains even if the goal is disallowed
  • List of the warning/YC/RC offences for team officials

All verbal offences are punished with an IDFK

  • Kicking an object is punished in the same way as throwing an object

Law 13 - Free Kicks

  • Once an IDFK has been taken, the referee can stop showing the IDFK signal if it is clear that goal cannot be scored directly (e.g. from most offside IDFKs)
  • For defending team free kicks in their penalty area, the ball is in play once it is kicked and clearly moves; it does not have to leave the penalty area
  • When there is a defensive ‘wall’ of at least 3 players, all attacking team players must be at least 1m from the ‘wall’; IDFK if they encroach

Law 14 - The Penalty Kick

  • Goalposts, crossbar and nets must not be moving when a penalty is taken and the goalkeeper must not be touching them
  • Goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot on, or in line with, the goal line when a penalty kick is taken; cannot stand behind the line
  • If an offence occurs after the referee signals for a penalty kick to be taken but the kick is not taken, it must then be taken after any YC/RC is issued

Law 15 - The Throw-In

  • Opponents must be at least 2m from the point on the touchline where a throw-in is to be taken, even if the thrower is back from the line

Law 16 - The Goal Kick

  • At goal kicks, the ball is in play once it is kicked and clearly moves; it does not have to leave the penalty area

FIFA/AYSO 2018/2019 Law Changes

Laws of the Game Changes 2018/2019


  • Player who has left the field because of an equipment issue and returns without permission and interferes with play is penalized with a direct free kick (or penalty kick)


  • Match officials are not permitted to wear cameras


  • Kicks from the penalty mark – a replacement for a goalkeeper cannot take a kick in that ‘round’ if the goalkeeper has already taken a kick
  • Biting is included as a direct free kick and sending-off offence
  • Throwing an object at the ball or hitting the ball with a held object are separate direct free kick offences (not a form of handball)
  • If the ball rebounds from the goalkeeper this does not prevent the goalkeeper handling the ball a second time even if the first attempt to catch/holds the ball was deliberate
  • If the referee plays advantage for a DOGSO the offender is cautioned (YC) whether or not a goal is scored
  • Excessively showing the TV signal is a caution (YC)
  • Where 2 separate cautionable (YC) offences are committed in close proximity, both cautions (YCs) must be issued; same principle if one is a sending off offence
  • If a player commits an offence outside the field of play (ball in play) against someone from their own team (including a team official) it is an indirect free kick on the boundary line


  • Clarification that free kicks can also be awarded for offences by a substitute, substituted or sent off player, or a team official


  • A player must stand to take a throw-in (kneeling, sitting etc. not permitted)

FIFA/AYSO 2016 Law Changes

No Heading rule

The new rule bans heading for all U-11 and below division players. If an AYSO program doesn’t have single age divisions, heading is banned for U-12 and below. Heading for players in U-14 will be limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers, per player.  There is no restriction on heading in matches in U-13 and above.
The new policy includes that an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player age 10 or younger, deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a game. The indirect free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head. An indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team’s penalty area, must be taken on the penalty area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the player touched the ball with his/her head. This policy was put into effect so referees, coaches and players can all align with the change quicker.
Safety is very important to AYSO as a whole. Heading was already banned for U-10 and below and extending it to U-11/U-12 was a way to ensure that players are older and more developed when attempting heading to avoid preventable head injuries.

FIFA Law Changes

The most significant change to the Laws is the removal of the controversial “triple punishment” requirement.  In the current Laws, if a defender fouls an attacker in the defender’s own penalty area, and the referee determines that the defender should be sent off for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity, the defender (and their team) is subject to three punishments:

1. The defender is sent-off (and the team must play with one less player)
2. The attacking team is awarded a penalty kick.
3. The defender is subject to a further suspension (which varies by league, but ranges from 1 to 3 games).

Under the revised Laws, if the defender is making a legitimate attempt to play the ball and simply mis-times a tackle, for example, the defender will be cautioned instead of sent off. This only applies to fouls committed inside the penalty area, and only when the referee determines there was a legitimate attempt to play the ball.  If the defender should, for example, grab the jersey of the attacker, the defender would still be subject to being sent off.
Further, if the foul occurs outside of the penalty area, the defender would continue to be subject to a send off, consistent with the current edition of the Laws.

Other changes to the Laws include:

  • A kick-off may now be kicked in any direction, including backwards
  • Players who are injured as the result of a reckless or excessive force challenge (resulting in a caution or send off to the offender) will not be required to leave the field of play to receive treatment, if treatment can be handled expeditiously
  • Goalkeepers who come off their line during a penalty kick will be cautioned if the kick fails, in addition to the kick being re-taken
  • If the kicker of the penalty kick violates the Laws, the kick will no longer be retaken and play will be restarted with an indirect free kick for the defending team
  • If opposing players are off the field of play (through the course of normal play) and one commits a foul, play will be restarted with the appropriate free kick, on the touchline or goal line.  Under the current Laws, play restarts with a dropped ball, as only misconduct and not fouls can be committed off the field of play. 
  • Offside restarts will be taken from the point on the field where the offending player was when they became offside.  Under the current Laws, the restart would be taken from the point where they were originally in an offside position.
  • Taking of a corner kick, the ball must be stationary and is kicked by a player of the attacking team.  The ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves; it does not need to leave the corner area.  The referee will make the final determination whether the ball clearly moved or not. No longer can an attacking player just "tap" the ball with their feet to put it into active play.

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