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Aug, 2019

Did you know the Laws of the Game changed in 2019?

If you've been watching soccer this summer, you may have noticed some odd behavior on the pitch that seems to contradict the Laws of the Game you grew up with. Don't worry. It's not you.

Starting June 1st 2019, IFAB, the board in charge of the Laws of the Game, introduced significant changes that impact all levels of soccer. This includes your child's upcoming games this fall! To help you avoid uncomfortable arguments with your fellow parents (because of course you'd never argue with a volunteer referee), here is what you need to know:

Goal Kick and Free Kicks in the Penalty Area

The ball is in play immediately when a goal kick is taken. It does not have to leave the penalty area in order for other players to touch the ball. The same is true for free kicks taken from a team's own penalty area. In either case, players from the opposing team still have to be outside the penalty area until the ball is kicked.

Accidental Handball Situations

There are four situations that will now result in a free kick even if they happen accidentally

  • If the ball goes into the goal after touching an attacking player's hand or arm
  • A player gains control or possession of the ball after it has touched their hand or arm, then scores or creates a goal-scoring opportunity
  • The ball touches a player's hand or arm which has made their body unnaturally bigger (if it makes their silhouette bigger)
  • The ball touches a player's hand or arm when it's above their shoulder

Dropped Balls

If the referee stops play inside the penalty area, play will resume with a dropped ball for the goalkeeper. If play is stopped outside the penalty area, play will resume with a dropped ball for one player from the team that last touched the ball at the point where they last touched it. In either case, every other player must be 4.5 yards away from the dropped ball.

Referee Cannot Cause an Unfair Advantage

If the ball touches the referee and goes into the goal, causes a change in possession, or creates a promising attack, play will be stopped. If play is stopped inside the penalty area, the ball will be dropped for the goalkeeper. If play is stopped outside the penalty area, it will be dropped for the team that touched the ball last.

Attacking Players Cannot Be in the Wall

When there is a wall of three or more defenders, attacking players are not allowed within 1 yard of the wall. If an attacking player is less than 1 yard from the wall when the kick is taken, an indirect free kick will be awarded.

Team That Wins the Toss Chooses

When the team wins the toss they can choose to either take the kick-off or choose which goal to attack.

Cooling Breaks

In addition to stopping a game for hydration breaks that last 1 minute, the referee can also grant cooling breaks that can be up to 3 minutes long.

Penalty Kicks

During penalty kicks the goalkeeper cannot touch the goalposts or nets. They must not be moving. Also, the goalkeeper must have at least part of one foot on the goal line when the kick is taken and cannot stand behind the line.

Quick Free Kicks During Yellow or Red Cards

If the referee is about to issue a card and the attacking team takes the free kick quickly and creates a goal-scoring opportunity, the referee can delay the card until the next stoppage as long as the defending team was not distracted by the referee.

Substitutes Must Leave Quickly

A player that is being substituted must leave the field by the nearest touchline or goal line. They cannot waste time by slowly making their way to the halfway line.

Team Officials Can Be Carded

A team official guilty of a misconduct can be shown a yellow or red card. If the offender cannot be identified, the senior coach in the technical area at the time will receive the card.

This is a summary of the most significant changes you should be aware of this fall. For full details see this detailed summary from IFAB.

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