FIFA LAWS OF THE GAME 2016-2017

FIFA LAWS OF THE GAME 2016-2017

See attached the 2016-2017 FIFA laws of the game and a PowerPoint presentation which highlights the key changes, all leagues need to be made aware of these changes which will come into effect for season 2016-2017.

The Referees department are available to assist you if you require further information regarding these changes

Regards

Hi All

See attached the 2016-2017 FIFA laws of the game and a PowerPoint presentation which highlights the key changes, all leagues need to be made aware of these changes which will come into effect for season 2016-2017.

The Referees department are available to assist you if you require further information regarding these changes

Regards

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LAW 1 – THE FIELD OF PLAY

Artificial and natural surfaces may not be combined on the field but ‘hybrid’ systems are allowed

The colour of artificial surfaces must be green

Competitions may determine field size for their competitions (within limits of Law 1) e.g. small sided games

All commercial advertising on the ground must be at least 1m (1 yd) from boundary lines

Logos/emblems of FAs, competitions etc…

are allowed on corner flags (but no advertising)

LAW 3 – THE PLAYERS

A match may not start/continue if a team has fewer than 7 players

Substitutes may take a restart but must first step onto the field

Law 5 now allows the referee to send a player off before the kick-off (from the pre-match inspection of the field of play onwards) and in terms of the player being replaced, a player sent off:

before the team list has been submitted – can not appear on team list in any capacity

after team list submitted but before kick-off- can be replaced by named substitute (who can not be replaced; team may still make full number of substitutions as is the current Law)

after the kick-off- can not be replaced

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IF A SUBSTITUTE/TEAM OFFICIAL/SENT OFF PLAYER INTERFERES WITH PLAY = DIRECT FK OR PENALTY KICK

If something/someone (other than a player) touches a ball going into the goal, the referee can award the goal if the ball goes in the goal and the touch had no impact on the defenders (unless in opponents’ goal)

If a goal is scored with an extra person on the field and the referee has restarted play, the goal stands and the match continues

Law 3 – The Players

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LAW 4 – THE PLAYERS EQUIPMENT

Any tape or other material on/covering socks must be same colour as the sock

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LAW 4 – THE PLAYERS EQUIPMENT

A player losing footwear or shinguard accidentally can play on until next stoppage

Electronic communication with substitutes is forbidden

Player can return during play after changing/correcting equipment, once equipment has been checked (by referee, 4th official, AR or AAR) and referee signals

Undershorts must be colour of shorts or hem; team must all wear same colour

Player on left may wear black or light green undershorts/tights but the whole team must wear same colour

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LAW 5 – THE REFEREE

Clear statement about referee’s opinion and discretion

Reference to the ‘spirit of the game‘

Referee can not change a decision once play has restarted or the referee has left the field of play at the end of the half

If several offences occur at the same time the most serious is punished.

Order of seriousness:

Disciplinary sanction (RC more serious than YC etc…)

Direct FK more serious than Indirect FK

Physical offence (foul) more serious than non-physical (handball)

Tactical impact

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REFEREE CAN ‘SEND OFF’ A PLAYER FROM PRE-MATCH PITCH INSPECTION ONWARDS

Referee can only use RC + YC after entering the field of play at the start of the match

Player injured by RC/YC foul can be quickly assessed/treated and stay on field

Reference to equipment referees can and can not use

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Compulsory equipment:

Whistle(s)

Watches (s)

Red and yellow cards

Notebook (or other means of keeping a record of the match)

Other equipment

Referees may be permitted to use:

Equipment for communicating with other match officials – buzzer/beep flags, headsets etc.

Referees and other match officials are prohibited from wearing jewellery or any other electronic equipment.

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Advantage signal:

In addition to the current ‘two armed’ referee signal for advantage, a ‘one arm signal’ is now permitted as there is agreement that running with both arms extended can restrict a referee’s running action.

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MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE USUAL DUTIES OF THE ASSISTANTS, AARS AND 4TH OFFICIAL

If AARs have been appointed, at a penalty kick the AR takes a position in line with the penalty mark (ball) as this is the offside line

Law 6 – The Other Match Officials

LAW 7 – THE DURATION OF THE MATCH

More reasons for additional time (e.g. medical, drinks & breaks)

LAW 8 – THE START AND RESTART OF PLAY

All restarts included (previously only kick-off and dropped ball were mentioned)

Ball must clearly move to be in play for all kicked restarts

Referee can not ‘manufacture’ outcome of a dropped ball

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LAW 8 – THE START AND RESTART OF PLAY

Ball can be kicked in any direction at kick-off:

Referees must make sure that players are in their own half as now there is no need for one to be in the opposing half

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LAW 9 – THE BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY

If a ball rebounds off any match official, including when they are off the FOP (e.g. close to touchline or goal line) it is in play unless it wholly passes over the boundary line

LAW 10 – DETERMINING THE OUTCOME OF A MATCH

Kicks from the penalty mark:

Unless there are other considerations e.g. weather, field of play, safety considerations etc… the referee will toss a coin to choose the goal

Coin will be tossed a 2nd time to determine who takes the first kick

Goalkeeper can be replaced at any time (numerical)

Player temporarily off the field (e.g. injured) at the final whistle can take part

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LAW 10 – DETERMINING THE OUTCOME OF A MATCH

Kicks from the penalty mark:

Both teams must have same number of players before and during the kicks

Referee does not need to know the names/numbers or the order of kickers

A kick is over/completed when it goes over a boundary line or stops moving (including held by GK)

Kicks are not delayed if a player leaves the field; if the player is not back in time their kick is forfeited (missed)

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LAW 11 – OFFSIDE

Halfway line ‘neutral’ for offside; player must be in opponents’ half

Arms of all players (including goalkeepers) are not considered when judging offside position

Offside position; the offence is judged at the moment the ball is played, but only penalised when a team-mate becomes involved in active play by….

Offside FK is always taken where the offside offence occurs (even in own

half)

Interfering with an opponent after a save or rebound is an offence

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LAW 11 – OFFSIDE

A defender off the field is only ‘active’ until play stops or the defending team clears the ball away from their penalty area towards the halfway line

Same for attacker returning; before that the player’s point of return to the field of play is the offside position

If a goal is scored with an attacking player in the goal, can be penalised for an offside offence (consistent with the ability to penalise an offence off the field with a free kick when the ball is in play.

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LAW 12 – FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

If a foul involves contact it is always a direct FK

If the referee plays advantage for a RC offence and the offending player then gets involved in play it is an IDFK

Change of wording for handball so that not every handball is a YC – YC for handball now linked to stopping/interfering with a promising attack (like other fouls)

Attempted violent conduct is a RC, even if no contact

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LAW 12 – FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

Striking on head/face when not challenging an opponent is a RC unless the contact is minimal/negligible

Offence on the field against substitutes, team officials, match officials etc… is now a direct FK

Foul off the field as part of normal play will be penalised with a direct FK on the boundary line at the point nearest to the offence (penalty kick if in offender’s own penalty area)

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Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct

Some DOGSO offences in the penalty area are now punished with a YC.

RC remains for: handball, holding, pulling, pushing, not attempting or no possibility to play the ball

LAW 12 – FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

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Where a player denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by a deliberate handball offence the player is sent off wherever the offence occurs.

Where a player commits an offence against an opponent within their own penalty area which denies an opponent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity and the referee awards a penalty kick, the offending player is cautioned unless:

The offence is holding, pulling or pushing or

The offending player does not attempt to play the ball or there is no possibility for the player making the challenge to play the ball or

The offence is one which is punishable by a red card wherever it occurs on the field of play (e.g. serious foul play, violent conduct etc..)

In all the above circumstances the player is sent off.”

LAW 13 – FREE KICKS

Clarification of the difference between ‘stopping’ a FK being taken and

‘intercepting’ the ball after FK has been taken

Ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves

LAW 14 – THE PENALTY KICK

Clear statement of when a PK is over/completed

Some offences are always an IDFK whether or not the PK results in a goal:

Indirect FK if wrong player deliberately takes the penalty (+ YC to player who took the kick)

Indirect FK if ball kicked backwards

If ‘illegal’ feinting occurs it is always an indirect FK (and YC to the kicker)

If the GK infringes and the PK is missed/re-taken the GK will now receive a YC

LAW 15 – THE THROW-IN

New wording makes it clear that the ball must be thrown with both hands

Clarification of action to be taken when a player moves within 2m (2 yds) of the throw-in and interferes

LAW 16 – THE GOAL KICK

The ball must be stationary

If a goal kick is kicked into the kicker’s own goal it is a corner kick to opponents, provided it has firstly left the penalty

An opponent who is in the penalty area when the goal kick is taken can not play the ball until touched by another player

LAW 17 – THE CORNER KICK

The corner arc becomes the corner area

The ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves

If a corner kick is kicked into the kicker’s own goal, it is a corner kick to opponents

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Shane Clarke captains Ireland to victory

 

Republic of Ireland 3 Northern Ireland 1    

Three Limerick players in Irish win
Shane Clarke led Ireland to a 3-1 victory over their Northern neighbours in Dublin on Saturday afternoon.
Leading by example the Janesboro front man scored twice with David Grincell netting in between.
Janesboro team mates John Boyle and John Tierney were also part of the winning team on a memorable day for the Club.
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