IFAB Laws of the Game 2019/20 Book

IFAB Laws of the Game Book for soccer referees. The Laws of the Game Book has a fixed shipping fee of $3 per book on all U.S. shipments. International (non.U.S.) customers please contact us for a shipping quote.
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The Laws of the Game Book has a fixed shipping fee of $3 per book on all U.S. shipments. International (non.U.S.) customers please contact us for a shipping quote.

Laws of the Game 2019/20

The Laws of the Game 2019/20 come into force 1 June 2019. A number of changes were approved at the 133rd Annual General Meeting of The IFAB on 2 March this year including:

  • the introduction of yellow and red cards for misconduct by team officials
  • a player being substituted having to leave the field of play 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 once it is kicked, i.e. it does not have to leave the penalty area
  • clearer wording for ‘handball’
  • attacking team players must be at least 1m 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

Using the 2019/20 Laws

The Laws of the Game 2019/20 are compulsory for friendly matches and competitions which start on or after 1 June 2019. However, competitions which started before 1 June 2019 (including on-going multi-year competitions, qualification matches and final tournaments) may implement the Laws earlier or delay their use until no later than the start of the next competition.

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