Background to the 2017/18 revision of the Laws
The 2016/17 revision of the Laws of the Game was probably the most far-reaching and comprehensive in The IFAB’s history. The aim was to make the Laws clearer, more accessible and to ensure they reflect the needs of the modern game.
As with any large-scale revision, there is always a second ‘follow up’ stage and many of the changes for 2017/18 are clarifications which make the text clearer and/or easier to translate - most are the result of requests from individuals, groups and national FAs from around the world.
In addition to the clarifications, there are some changes which are extensions of principles established in the 2016/17 revision, for example:
the philosophy behind reducing the disciplinary sanction from a sending-off (RC) to a caution (YC) for ‘denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity (DOGSO)’ in the penalty area if the offence is an attempt to play the ball is now applied to ‘stopping a promising attack’ in the penalty area which will not be a caution (YC) if the offence is an attempt to play the ball
penalising with a direct free kick a player who enters the field of play without the required referee’s permission and interferes with play, as is the case for a substitute/team official
The 131st Annual General Meeting of The IFAB in London on 3rd March 2017 also approved some significant changes to help develop and promote football, including:
an extension of the flexibility of national FAs (and confederations and FIFA) to modify some of the ‘organisational’ Laws (e.g. increasing the maximum number of substitutes to five, except for the highest level) to help promote and develop the football for which they are responsible as The IFAB believes that national FAs know best what will benefit football in their country
the introduction of temporary dismissals (sin bins) as a potential alternative sanction to a caution (YC) in youth, veterans, disability and grassroots (lowest levels) football
extension of the use of return substitutes to youth, veterans and disability football (they are already permitted in grassroots football).
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. New text is in blue.
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This module will take approximately 45 minutes to complete, including the examination at the end.