The International Football Association Board [IFAB] is the body responsible for the Laws of the Game worldwide and national football associations, confederations and competitions are not permitted to change the Laws without the permission of The IFAB AGM.
At the 130th IFAB AGM held in Cardiff on 5 March 2016, the IFAB members consisting of the four British associations (England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland - one vote each) along with FIFA who represent all other member associations (four votes) unanimously approved the IFAB Technical Subcommittee’s extensive revision of the Laws of the Game.
This revision is probably the most comprehensive in The IFAB’s 130 year history and has reorganised and updated the Laws of the Game book to make it far more easy to read, understand and use not just for referees but for anyone interested in the Laws and in football. The IFAB has redesigned the Law book so that its appearance and content is appropriate for football in the 21st century.
Current Referees, Assessors and Instructors
It is vital that all of our current referees, assessors and instructors are aware of the changes to the Laws of the Game, with particular reference to those with major impacts on the way the game is played and officiated. Within this resource you will find details of the changes, with the new text in blue.
You may also download the complete version of the 2016/17 Laws of the Game, individual laws, or just the changes document, from www.theifab.com. A 2016/17 edition of the FFA Law Book will be provided to all match official who register with Football West for the 2017 season.
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