Updates to FIFA Laws of the Game

There are have been changes made to the FIFA Laws of the Game. You can find the complete new rules here

Some points to highlight: 

Law 4: The Players Equipment

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

Law 5:  The Referee

  • Player injured by Red Card/Yellow Card foul can be quickly assessed/treated and stay on field

Law 8: The Start and Restart of Play

  • All restarts are now included (previously only kick-off and dropped ball were mentioned)
  • Ball must clearly move to be in play for all kicked restarts
  • Ball can be kicked in any direction at kick-off (previously had to go forward) 

Law 11:  Offside

  • Offside Free kick is always taken where the offside offense occurs (even in own half)

Law 12: Fouls and Misconduct

  • Attempted violent conduct is a Red Card, even if no contact
  • Striking on head/face when not challenging an opponent is a Red Card unless the contact is minimal/negligible
  • Denying obvious goal scoring opportunity could result in yellow or red card, dependant on where offence occurred
  • Fouls that occur off the field are treated as part of normal play

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